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When the industry works together to promote softwood lumber, great things happen. That’s the idea behind the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB). Through strategic collaboration, partnerships, and programs, the SLB has helped elevate innovative ideas to increase the demand for appearance and structural softwood lumber products – in accordance with the purpose defined by the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order): to strengthen the position of softwood lumber in the marketplace, maintain and expand markets for softwood lumber, and develop new uses for softwood lumber.

To achieve this goal, the SLB objectives are to:

  1. Increase wood use in the light commercial/non-residential and multi-family markets.
  2. Defend and rebuild share for solid wood in the decking and outdoor living market.
  3. Protect access to the markets for solid wood products through ongoing codes and standards work.
  4. Grow demand in residential and mid-high rise construction through building system improvements and innovation.

The initiatives and projects funded by the SLB will need to lead directly or indirectly to the following measurable outcomes:

  • Increased market share for softwood lumber
  • Increased volume of softwood lumber consumed in the United States (incremental to normal market fluctuations)
  • Improve market conditions for softwood lumber producers

Share Your Ideas with the SLB

The SLB’s funded programs all started as ideas from people who know and understand the industry and how it is changing. With funding from the SLB, those ideas were transformed into impactful programs that have benefited the entire industry. The SLB maintains an open call for proposals and welcomes new, innovative strategies to grow demand for softwood lumber. Proposals are typically reviewed twice annually, in May and November.

Organizations may submit proposals for market development and research activities for terms of up to one calendar year (projects must commence on or after January 1st and end on or before December 31st).

Proposals are evaluated against standardized criteria to ensure they meet SLB and USDA program eligibility requirements. Proponents are encouraged to review the following SLB documents:

Perennial Grants and Funding

In addition to individually submitted proposals, organizations may take advantage of the SLB’s recurring programs such as the Mass Timber Competition and Wood Innovations Grant matching. Learn more about those programs on our Research and Funding page.