Dec. 18 deadline fast approaching; apply now for your 2016 urban & community forestry grants

With a grant from DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, the City of Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood planted trees in celebration of Arbor Day.
With a grant from DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, the City of Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood planted trees in celebration of Arbor Day.

DNRs Urban and Community Forestry Program is pleased to announce our grants for 2016. There are three big changes to the grants this year – we have increased the total amount of dollars that can be requested by applicants, the grant applications are now in fill-able .pdf forms that can be downloaded from our website, and applicants have the option to submit their grant proposals electronically by email.

In previous years, our grants had open narrative where applicants were asked to describe their project within a five-page limit. However, the new fill-able forms are pre-formatted with a series of questions which applicants are required to answer within the spaces provided.

This year’s grants are available in three categories:

  • Community Forestry Assistance (CFA) Grants (download the RFP and Grant Application)
    • Acceptable projects should focus on urban forestry program development or innovative programs that educate staff, the public and decision-makers about the benefits of trees and/or proper tree care and management. Examples include but are not limited to: developing urban forestry management plans, tree ordinances, policy manuals, tree canopy analyses, website development, and curriculum development. Match (in-kind or financial) is required.
  • Tree Inventory Grants (download the RFP and Grant Application)
    • Tree inventories are a critical tool for urban forest management. A public tree inventory will be performed on behalf of successful applicant communities by a qualified consultant through a contractual agreement with DNR. No money changes hands, however, a Memorandum of Understanding between DNR and successful applicants is required. Successful communities must provide a report that describes an expected course of action toward community forest management within one year of receiving the inventory data.
  • Tree Planting Grants (download the RFP and Grant Application)
    • These grants are only available to communities who have earned the Tree City USA Award, as this designation is a minimum measure of cities’ capacity, expertise, and commitment to ensure that trees are properly planted and cared for. A 3-year maintenance plan and planting inspections by an ISA Certified Arborist are required. Match (in-kind or financial) is required.

The Community Forestry Assistance and Tree Inventory Grants are available to tribal governments, educational institutions, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and local governments such as cities, towns, and counties in Washington state. The Tree City USA Tree Planting Grants are only available to Washington cities and towns that have earned the Tree City USA Award, or to communities that are actively pursuing the Tree City USA designation and intend to apply for Tree City USA status in December 2015.

Grants are due by 4:00 PM on Friday, December 18, 2015. Please contact the grant coordinator, Linden Lampman at 360-902-1703 or linden.lampman@dnr.wa.gov for any questions about the 2016 applications.

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