Announcing the 2018 Urban & Community Forestry Grants

Fall colors are just one of the many benefits of a healthy urban forest.

The DNR Urban & Community Forestry Program is pleased to announce our grant program for 2018. For this round of grants, we have separated the pool of applicants for Community Forestry Assistance Grants into two groups based on population and tweaked the application process for the smallest communities.

Community Forestry Assistance (CFA) Grants (download the RFP and Grant Application)

  • Available to all communities; there is no change to our grant process.
  • 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 and tree canopy analyses.
  • Match (in-kind or financial) is required.

Community Forestry Assistance Grant proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017.

Small Community Forestry Assistance Grants (download the Letter of Interest, the RFP and Grant Application)

  • These grants are only available to communities with populations less than 10,000.
  • Acceptable projects should focus on community forestry-related projects, which may not otherwise receive local funding. Examples include, but are not limited to:  developing program guidance documents such as management plans, tree ordinances, policy manuals; conducting tree resource inventories or tree canopy analyses that inform maintenance or management plans; improving the community forest through tree planting demonstration projects or structural pruning; training and education for tree management and maintenance staff; and develop and adopt a tree care standards of care manual to guide community tree maintenance practices.
  • Match (in-kind or financial) is required.
  • Applicants must first submit a “letter of interest.” This is a short electronic fillable form that contains the most important information about the project. DNR will select approximately six of these letters and assist applicants to further develop their project ideas into full grant applications. The total number of projects awarded is dependent upon the amount of funding requested.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to download and read the Community Forestry Assistance (CFA) grant application and request for proposal (RFP). The CFA grant application contains details about the nature of this funding opportunity that will help applicants craft their letters of interest. The RFP is the form successful applicants will be asked to fill out if their letter of interest is selected.

The intent of the letter of interest for small communities is to reduce the initial investment of time to apply. Applicants whose letters are selected will have a head start on the grant writing process and will compete with a much smaller pool of applicants, thus increasing their odds of being funded.

The RFP and letter of interest documents are fillable .pdf forms that can be downloaded from our website. Each is pre-formatted with a series of questions which applicants are required to answer within the spaces provided. Applicants have the option to submit their grant proposals electronically by email.

The Community Forestry Assistance Grants are available to local governments such as cities, towns, counties and tribes in Washington state. Educational institutions and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, while not directly eligible to apply, may partner with an eligible grantee to help develop a project.

Letters of interest for small communities are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Please contact the grant coordinator, Linden Lampman at 360-902-1703 or linden.lampman@dnr.wa.gov, for any questions about the 2018 applications.

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