Dear IFSA World,

Maintaining IFSA’s aim of promoting the engagement of LCs in productive forestry related activities and projects, IFSA has launched LCs’ Fund to support proposed LC led activities and projects. Priority will be given to activities and projects scheduled to take place during the International Day Of Forests on 21st March 2019. The Fund amounting to 500 Euros will be availed to each of the three best LC projects (500 Euros per LC, totalling 1500 Euros) on a reimbursement basis and project proposals that relate to IFSA’s overall goal will take a high precedence. Please find the IFSA 5 year strategy here. The Fund is intended to support students in developing nations (Low and Middle Income Countries). Projects such as those involving organizing Exchanges between two or more LCs, workshops, seminars and field activities that are educative etc. are eligible.


Only LCs from low and middle income countries are eligible to apply for the fund and LC applications whose proposed projects relate to IFSA on a larger level than a local one will take a high priority. For the case of an exchange, two LCs can submit one application with a letter of agreement signed by the respective LC presidents.

Little to mention about what is expected of the LCs from the IDF proposal The 2019 International Day of Forests (March 21) will address the theme “Forests and Education” – learning to love forests

Forestry education and the forest sector is changing rapidly: new technologies, dynamic and unprecedented rates of environmental change, increased recognition of the need to collaborate across sectors and integrate diverse knowledges, and emerging markets for ‘green jobs’ provide challenges as well as exciting opportunities for young foresters studying and entering the workforce.

How can forestry education ensure that the next generation of foresters is equipped with the skills and knowledge to enter this changing workforce? How do these needs, challenges and opportunities vary in different countries and regions around the world? How can IFSA and our partner organisations work to enhance our members’ learning and development?

We are looking for LC led projects to help us achieve our overall IFSA 5 year strategy, paired with creating new and exciting ways to celebrate and promote the International Day of Forests. Get creative, we are looking for our LC’s to take the lead in this bottom up approach!

For details on what to include in your application package, please see below.

Application Guideline:

Your application must be written entirely in English language, and should include:

Contact details of applying LC

  • IFSA Local Committee Name
  • Full Postal address
  • Email address
  • Phone Contact
  • Project/activity description
  • Aim
  • Itinerary of activities
  • Further details
  • Number and background of people involved in the event

Supporting materials:

A signed reference or letter of endorsement regarding your proposal from a member of the university staff. If possible, any other supporting material (ex. Conference brochures, posters) Proposed Budget Detailed listing of all costs for the activity or project (ex. Travel costs, materials) List of any other contributing organizations/ sponsors and the amount of their contribution where necessary Letter of motivation A brief letter of not more than 500 words, explaining the reasons and motivation for applying to the fund. Description of contribution to IFSA communication In exchange, recipients need to hand in a report of the project/activity and produce a piece (article, blog, and interactive presentation) for IFSA Communication. As part of your application please state what form this piece for The IFSA Communication commission would take and how this will positively impact IFSA members. The report and a piece for the IFSA Communication Commission must be submitted no more than a month after the event or project has taken place.

If you think your LCs proposed project is eligible for the fund, please send your application to [email protected] before 8th of March 2019 23:59 CET. An application will not be reviewed until all requested documents have been received. The successful LCs will be chosen by the IFSA Council and informed no later than one week after the deadline.

For further information or enquiries about the fund or for an application, please contact the Council at [email protected] Please also feel free to engage you Regional Representatives for a preliminary review of your project where need be.

Sincerely yours,


Amanubo Amos,
George Dennison,
Oindrila Basu