Urban forestry grants still available; deadline to apply is Dec. 9

fall colors in urban forest
Healthy trees create a vibrant urban forest. Photo Guy Kramer

Here are two great chances for your community to take advantage of funding for the health of your urban forest, but hurry! The deadline of Dec. 9 is coming quickly.

This year’s urban and community forestry grants are available in two categories.

Community Forestry Assistance (CFA) Grants – Awards of up to $15,000
Community Forestry Assistance Grants provide financial assistance to communities to help develop powerful, sustainable urban forestry programs. The grant’s intent is to assist communities to develop urban forest planning and programming tools and activities that may not otherwise receive local funding.

Projects should focus on program development, such as urban forestry management plans, maintenance plans based on current tree inventory data (performed or updated within the last five years), urban forestry strategic plans or other critical management components.

Community Forestry Assistance Grants are available to tribal governments, educational institutions, and local governments such as cities, towns and counties in Washington state. Awarded amounts may be up to $15,000 per community. A 1:1 match (in-kind or financial) is required.

Download the RFP and Grant Application.

Tree City USA Tree Planting and Maintenance Grants – Awards of up to $15,000
The 2016 Tree City USA Tree Planting and Maintenance Grants support communities working to improve and enhance tree canopy cover as a component of a comprehensive urban and community forestry management program.

Proposed projects should be based on an overall vision of enhancing community canopy coverage, sustaining and enhancing the community as a livable place and developing an extensive, thriving urban forest that provides multiple aesthetic, social, ecological and environmental benefits. Applicants’ proposed projects must fit into one of the following three categories:

  • Replace trees lost to natural events;
  • Prune trees to restore the health and structural stability of trees within the urban forest.  All pruning must be by an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA); or
  • Demonstration tree planting projects.

Tree Planting and Maintenance Grants are available only to Washington cities and towns that have earned the Tree City USA Award or those communities actively pursuing the Tree City USA designation with intention to apply for Tree City USA status in Dec. 2016. (Please contact the Grant Coordinator if you plan to apply for this designation.) Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions or tribal governments may apply in partnership with TCUSA communities. Grant awards may be up to $15,000 per community. A 1:1 match (in-kind or financial) is required.

Download the RFP and Grant Application.

Grants are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.
Questions? Contact Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager Linden Lampman at 360-902-1703 or linden.lampman@dnr.wa.gov for more information about 2017 applications.

Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program
The Washington State Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program provides technical, educational and financial assistance to Washington’s cities and towns, counties, tribal governments, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. Explore the webpage to learn more: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/urbanforestry.