The SAF Foresters’ Fund grant program financially assists local SAF units in achieving the goals of the Society. The SAF bylaws state that the goals of the fund are to:
- promote education to enhance public understanding of the role of professional foresters in forest resource management,
- conduct forest policy activities, and
- to strengthen state societies, divisions, and chapters in achieving the mission of the Society.
SAF local units (state societies, divisions, and chapters) are encouraged to partner with student chapters, working groups, national committees, the national office, and the National Student Assembly on Foresters’ Fund projects.
Project proposal must meet at least one of the goals of the Foresters’ Fund. Proposals could include but not limited to:
- Public outreach and education. Examples include forestry field days, museum displays, Walk in the Forest activities, education programs for teachers, communications programs, or media relations programs (field tours, editorial board visits, and letter writing campaigns.)
- Legislative events. Examples include legislative field tours, breakfasts, luncheons, or office visits by SAF members.
- Local unit support. Examples include special professional development opportunities (guest speakers, joint organizational meetings), website development, membership recruitment/retention, or leadership/media training.
Regular grants (up to $1,500) deadlines are February 15; June 15; and September 15, yearly.
- Because the state executive committee must review and approval Foresters Fund proposals prior to their being submitted to National, be sure to account for this additional time when submitting a proposal.
- OSAF recommends submitting proposals to the ex comm by February 1.
Special grants ($1,501 to $5,000) and Leadership Development grants (up to $15,000), deadline is June 15, yearly. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, proposals will be accepted the next business day.
Criteria, Proposal Format, and Procedures
For more information and to apply for a Foresters’ Fund grant, please visit SAF’s Foresters’ Fund page.
Since 2008, over $41,000 of Foresters’ Fund Grants have been awarded to Oregon projects. Some of the most recent grants.
|Year||Chapter||Project Title||Approved Amount|
|2015||Mary’s Peak Chapter||Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State Conference||$4850|
|2015||Umpqua Chapter||Dillard High Alternative High School Forestry Connection||$3430|
|2016||Shasta-Cascade Chapter||Resources and People (RAP) camp||$4385|
|2017||OSAF||Riparian Management workshop||$3000|
|2017||OSAF||Forest Health in Oregon: State of the state conference||$4800|
Katie Nichols (knichol(at)lrtco.com) Oregon Foresters’ Fund Chair, for more details and grant submissions.