Community Forestry Grant applications now available
Officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the availability of applications for the 2012 Community Forestry Grant program.
The applications to request support for community forest activities are available from the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) program, and are funded through the USDA Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry program. Local units of government, nonprofit organizations and schools are eligible to apply.
Kevin Sayers, DNR UCF program coordinator, encourages municipalities and eligible organizations to apply for the grants, which can be used for a variety of projects including:
- Street and park tree management and planning activities;
- Urban forestry training and education events;
- Tree plantings; and
- Arbor Day celebrations.
“Trees provide many benefits to our communities, including shade, oxygen and improved property values,” Sayers said. “This summer’s storms, heat and dry conditions have been particularly hard on the trees in our communities. These grants will help to improve management of the urban forest and replace many trees lost due to insects, disease and drought.”
Grant applications must be received by Sept. 14, 2012. Projects awarded funding must be completed by Sept. 1, 2013. All projects must be performed on non-federal public land or land open to the public.
A total of up to $100,000 is available for projects statewide. Depending on the project type, applicants may request grants up to $20,000. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds, which can be comprised of cash contributions or in-kind services, but cannot include federal funds.