The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) has established the Community Forestry Grants program. Federal funding is provided by the USFS, State and Private Forestry, UCF Program (CFDA 10.664).
Cost-share funds will be available to communities and organizations on a competitive basis for UCF projects in Michigan. A total of up to $100,000 may be granted to eligible projects. This is a 1:1 cost share match program. Federal funds may not be used as part of the required match. Projects must be completed by September 1, 2019.
The purpose and objectives of this program include:
- providing financial assistance to communities and organizations to support UCF projects,
- building local community capacity to manage and care for trees through education and technical assistance,
- developing long-term street/park and community forestry plans and policies,
- promoting projects that assist communities in developing sustainable local tree management programs and policies,
- improving public awareness and understanding of the benefits of preserving and expanding community tree cover,
- promoting volunteerism and partnership between public, private and nonprofit organizations for public tree care,
- supporting innovative projects and partnerships that address UCF issues in Michigan,
- enhancing the technical skills of people involved in planning, managing or maintaining urban and community forests and,
- Promoting and celebrating Arbor Day, Tree City USA and related events.
FY 2019 COMMUNITY FORESTRY GRANT FUNDING PRIORITIES
Based on the total pool of applications received, up to $100,000 in available funding may be distributed according to the following breakdown:
- Management, Planning and Innovation projects 50%
- Education and Training projects 20%
- Arbor Day Celebration projects 5%
This is a reimbursement grant program. Federal grant monies awarded under this program will be paid only upon evidence of completion of approved projects.
To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.