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Community Challenge Grant Program

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools to Engage Citizens in Forestry Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 176266
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Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - Urban and Community Forestry

10/21/16 5:00 PM Receipt

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to Arizona nonprofit organizations, public educational institutions, and government agencies to engage communities in local urban and community forestry projects. Funding is available for the long-term maintenance of urban forests, as well as new forestry projects in communities throughout the State.

Proposals should fall under one or more of the following seven project categories. This is a non-exhaustive list of possible projects by category; other projects that fit the category are encouraged. These examples should not be construed as a guarantee of project funding for any year or under any category.

1) Information and Education
-Arbor Day programs
-Workshops/conference/seminars with an urban forestry emphasis
-Urban forestry reference library development or enhancement
-Arborist and tree worker training classes
-Urban forestry youth programs or education

2) Planning
-Planning or Management document development, (e.g., Street-tree Master Plan, Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan)
-Tree ordinance development or revision
-Efforts toward becoming an approved Tree City USA community
-Community forest management or shade master plans
-Urban forestry board or commission development

3) Community and Natural Resources Management
-Asset Management (that includes urban trees)
-Tree inventories (including protocol development)
-Canopy inventories (including protocol development)

4) Maintenance
-Hazard tree evaluation, removal, and replacement
-Contract pruning using International Society of Arboriculture standards
-Tree and sidewalk conflict resolution with an emphasis on tree-preservation
-Risk Management programs

5) Demonstration Projects
-Technology transfer
-Tree habitat restoration projects
-Market-driven Forest Fire Hazard Reduction in urban-rural interface areas

6) Climate Change Resiliency
-Strategies that build urban forest resiliency
-Urban forest vulnerability mapping (related to drought, flooding, and other climate change impacts)

7) Research
-Expansion of existing research intended to improve understanding of tree growth and maintenance, tree physiology and morphology and species adaptations in Arizona.
-Projects that further explain the role of urban trees in human health, conserving energy, and mitigating the urban heat island.


-Grant Range: $5,000 - $20,000
-Typical Grant Range: $5,000 – $10,000

All projects selected for funding should be completed within one year (12 months).

The project timeframe is January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017.

Eligible Applicants:
-Units of local government (counties, municipalities, cities, towns, and townships)
-Tribal governments
-Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status
-Public educational institutions

Community tree volunteer groups, neighborhood associations, or civic groups may apply if they work through or in conjunction with one of the above groups. Non-governmental organizations must be a designated 501(c)3 nonprofit by the Internal Revenue Service, or submit their application in partnership with another eligible entity. All awarded grantees must provide a DUNS number prior to grant activation.

Organizations that have previously received any grant from AZSF must be current on their quarterly reporting requirements per their signed grant agreement(s) prior to receiving a new award. Arizona State Forestry does not discriminate against any person or organization because of race, color, religion, disability, gender, age or national origin.

Applicants must provide a minimum 1:1 match of grant funds requested.

One original copy of the completed proposal must be submitted (via email, postal service snail mail, or in person) to the address listed below no later than 5:00 PM on October, 21 2016. This means in the office by October 21, not postmarked by October 21.

Notifications will be issued by November 28, 2016.

A final project presentation is required at the annual Community Forestry Grantee Showcase that is held every fall.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Alix Rogstad, Program Manager
(602) 771-1400

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
1110 West Washington St #100
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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