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2018 Urban and Community Forestry Grants Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Urban Forestry and Tree Planting Projects

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Conf. Date:

05/10/18

Deadline Date:

07/12/18 2:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, school districts, and colleges for tree planting and urban forestry projects throughout the state. Nonprofit applicants must prequalify in the online grants system prior to applying. Funding may be used for the planning of community forestry management, tree planting activities, tree maintenance, tree inventories, and related educational programming.

Grant Opportunity General Information and Conditions:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pleased to announce available Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) funding for qualifying governmental entities or not-for-profit (NFP) organizations. Grant projects must implement successful tree inventory, community forest management planning, tree planting, tree maintenance, or education programing projects in New York State to create healthy urban and community forests, while enhancing the quality of life for urban residents. Projects must be implemented on non-state-owned properties in a location where they provide a public benefit. Planting projects on private property (beyond the right of way) are contingent upon existing local authority.

Project Locations:

Projects are not permitted on state owned land. Projects must be implemented on non-state-owned properties (public property, i.e. street and park trees) or alongside a state-owned roadway in a city, town or village in a location where they provide a public benefit. Planting project locations on private property must be no more than ten feet beyond the municipal right-of-way. State law authorizes the use of public resources on private property if a public benefit is primarily served by that expenditure. Applicants are required to upload a map of the project area in Grants Gateway. No hand-drawn maps will be accepted.

Grant Objectives:

The DEC is committed to implementing a successful Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program and dedicated to providing support and assistance to communities in the development and implementation of comprehensive tree planting, management, maintenance and education to create healthy urban and community forests while enhancing the quality of life for urban residents. This is a grant for communities, based on partnerships, volunteers, groups and professionals.

Project Types:

UCF projects must be one of the following five project types detailed below. Each project type has different program objectives and requirements. Applicants are encouraged to combine Tree Inventory and Community Forestry Management Plan projects. Applicants should carefully review the project type information below, and the pass/fail eligibility and evaluation criteria contained in this RFA to avoid application disqualification and to score and rank high enough to be awarded grant funding. Applicants should address how their project will promote the quality of the forest in parks and/or open spaces; habitat creation; air and water quality; increased property values; economic revitalization; public health; and/or improved quality of life for residents.

Additional information and requirements for each of the following eligible projects types are outlined below:

Tree Inventory:

(Use Grants Gateway Opportunity ID No. DEC01-UCF1-2018 to apply for Tree Inventory Projects)

DEC recommends an applicant conduct an inventory of existing trees and potential planting spaces prior to developing a management plan or implementing a planting or maintenance project. Inventory projects are encouraged in order to get a picture of the age, species, health, and geographic distribution of the urban forest. A complete inventory (on public property, i.e. street and park trees) provides specific information for individualized tree care, including risk tree identification. Risk tree identification is recommended, but not required. Discuss the levels of risk tree assessment with the certified arborist/contractor. Level II is included in most tree inventories unless the priority is high volume; Level III may be ascertained during the basic inventory as trees needing further inspection.

Applications for inventories are encouraged to address environmental issues (including storm water capture, water quality, air quality, urban heat island effects, structural heating/cooling, or brown fields) that are presently impacted by existing trees, or could be impacted with planting on strategic sites.

Applications should also address the presumed effects on social and economic conditions by the presence of trees where they currently exist and in the selection of future planting sites.

Communities are required to collect data in a computerized software program that will allow for an environmental benefits analysis, i.e. the quantification of the benefits of trees (carbon sequestration and other air quality); storm water capture; energy savings; particulate matter capture; and property value. USDA Forest Service i-Tree software is recommended, but not required. Check local listings for certified arborist tree companies in your area for quotes.

Upon completion of the project, a digital copy of the final tree inventory must be submitted in a format compatible with Microsoft Office Excel or Access either through Grants Gateway or on a CD or thumb drive, and should be listed as one of the tasks and related performance measures in the application work plan.

Completed tree inventories must include the following information:
-Column headings and description of column content or codes
-Measurement of tree DBH (diameter at breast height) in inches
-Tree species – genus AND species common names accepted
-Street address location
-GPS coordinates
-Arborist re-inspect management recommendations (for volunteer or non-professional inventories)
-Location of empty and/or potential tree planting sites
-Crown condition and/or percentage of crown dieback
-Summary report of environmental benefits (see above)

Optional:
-Level II risk tree assessment – identification of risk trees 6” dbh or larger (certified arborist required on crew)
-Level III risk tree assessment* – evaluation / further inspection of risk trees 6” dbh or larger
* To be eligible for a Level III risk assessment, the community must also apply for Level II risk assessment OR must have completed a tree inventory within the past five years that included Level I or II risk assessment. Also, for Level III risk assessment, a Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) certified arborist must be contracted and on the crew.

Two estimates must be uploaded to be eligible for this project.

Community Forest Management Plan:

(Use Grants Gateway Opportunity ID No. DEC01-UCF1-2018 to apply for Community Forest Management Plan Projects)

The Community Forestry Management Plan (CFMP), will be based on tree inventory data to address environmental issues. The CFMP documents the steps necessary to elevate the community forest to a sustainable level that will expand its benefits and assure they are available to all residents over a period of time. This CFMP will provide a record and understanding of what currently exists while managing the future goals of the community. Communities are eligible to apply for a first time CFMP, or if an existing CFMP is 8 years old or longer. Communities with a CFMP of less than 8 years will be asked to upload a copy in the eligibility area.

Upon completion of the project, a digital copy of the completed management plan must be submitted through Grants Gateway, and should be listed as one of the tasks and related performance measures in the application work plan.

Completed Management Plans must include the following information:

A vision for the long-term community forest and a strategy for how to care for the community trees:
-The development of budgets and work plans, including timelines and tasks, to meet that vision.
-The use of the tree inventory which identifies management needs i.e. pruning rotations, removal implementation, and prioritization of work load.
-Storm preparedness and response planning.
-Invasive species preparedness and response.
-Planting plan to address the unique characteristics of the project location, such as: species diversity, understory plantings, erosion control, and brownfields that could be impacted with planting and would address local needs.
-Urban forest environmental benefit analysis of environmental issues such as: water quality, air quality, reduce urban heat island effect, energy efficiencies, storm water management, and health.
-Recommend creation and/or use of a community tree board and designate their activities.

Two estimates must be uploaded to be eligible for this project.

3. Tree Inventory and Community Forest Management Plan Costs Eligible for Reimbursement:

Personal Services – Salary: Staff and paid labor costs (excludes overhead) devoted to the project must be itemized according to job title or job assignment. This also includes grant administration costs associated with preparing the project agreement (contract), quarterly reporting, and reimbursement payment request documentation once the grant is awarded. Grant recipients will be required to document the time worked, tasks, pay ratio and payment. Not applicable for community forestry management plans.

Personal Services – Fringe: Fringe must be capped at 30% of the total salary. Fringe benefits may include social security, workers’ compensation, unemployment, health and disability insurance, or any insurance programs provided by the grantee organization to staff and paid labor for work devoted to the project. Fringe benefits should be budgeted in line with your organization’s standard fringe benefit policy and/or negotiated bargaining agreements. Applicants should briefly explain the percentage and composition of the fringe benefit structure and whether the budgeted fringe benefits represent an exception to standard policy. Not applicable for community forestry management plans.

Contractual: Costs for services rendered to the project under a written agreement with the grantee. Travel: Costs for staff travel from normal work location to project site.

Equipment: Includes purchase and/or rental costs and delivery of equipment directly required to implement the project. Equipment purchased with grant funding and having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $1,000 or more per unit, shall become the property of DEC and shall be transferred to DEC following contract closeout, unless otherwise approved by DEC.

Other Expenses: Includes supplies and materials directly required to implement the project, the cost of publicizing the project in newspapers, appropriate construction publications, or informational brochures about the project. Educational resources, such as training, that enables Tree Board members and volunteers to do their work and/or to enhance the spread of knowledge of community trees and the benefits they provide are allowed. Inventory software is only eligible if local/County software and equipment for updating, or GIS capabilities are not available.

Tree Planting:

(Use Grants Gateway Opportunity ID No: DEC01-UCF2-2018 to apply for Tree Planting Projects)

Tree planting applications should address how the project will promote the quality of the urban forest in parks and/or open spaces; habitat creation; air and water quality; energy savings; increased property values; revitalization; public health; and/or improved quality of life for residents. Tree planting projects may not be located on state-owned property except for designated state-owned roadways within cities, villages and towns.

Applications from communities with a Community Forestry Management Plan will receive more points in the evaluation of an application. Applicants must use only non-invasive species and should give appropriate consideration to Environmental Justice or under-served urban neighborhoods (all potential neighborhoods whose demographic, geographic, or economic characteristics impede or prevent their access to adequate canopy cover and other benefits of trees). Points are available in the evaluation of an application if the project is located in an under- served neighborhood, and when a DEC forester or experienced urban forest natural resource professional’s approval of the tree list is provided.

Tree planting project applications must include the following information:
-Project location
-Number of trees to be planted
-An approved list of tree species
-Photos of potential tree planting sites

Applications that do not include the required information listed above will be disqualified from further review or funding. Applications for tree planting need to have a goal of 90% survival rate for project final inspection. A 2-year warranty for the trees/plantings is recommended.

Any questions regarding tree planting standards or appropriate professionals for tree list approval should be directed to the Forester in your DEC Regional Office.

Applicants are strongly advised to seek advice from a professional arborist prior to submitting applications.

Two estimates must be uploaded to be eligible for this project.

Tree Maintenance:

(Use Grants Gateway Opportunity ID No. DEC01-UCF2-2018 to apply for Tree Maintenance Projects)

For a tree maintenance grant application to be considered, your complete tree inventory or the portion of your inventory where the project is located is required to be uploaded with your application, except in cases of storm-damaged tree remediation where a state of emergency was declared. Inventories must be actively managed or less than 8 years old. Tree maintenance projects should include documentation of intent to use professional arborist services, or staff trained in best management practices for tree maintenance.

Examples of maintenance projects:
-Tree removal or pruning, including stump removal, and forest thinning
-Pest control management practices, including removing and chipping
-Young tree care, including pruning, staking, watering, adding tree guards, etc.

Tree maintenance project applications must include the following information:
-A copy of your complete tree inventory or the portion of your inventory where the project is located
-Project location (park or street names and map)
-Documentation of professional arborist consultation or equivalent
-Photos of potential project location demonstrating need

Applications that do not include the required information listed above will be disqualified from further review or funding.

Two estimates must be uploaded to be eligible for this project.

5. Tree Planting and Tree Maintenance Costs Eligible for Reimbursement:

Personal Services – Salary: Staff and paid labor costs (excludes overhead) devoted to the project must be itemized according to job title or job assignment. This also includes grant administration costs associated with preparing the project agreement (contract), quarterly reporting, and reimbursement payment request documentation once the grant is awarded. Grant recipients will be required to document the time worked, tasks, pay ratio and costs. Salary must not exceed 30% of the total funded grant amount.

Personal Services – Fringe: Fringe benefits may include social security, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, health and disability insurance, and any insurance programs provided by the grantee organization to staff and paid labor for work devoted to the project. Fringe benefits should be budgeted in line with your organization’s standard fringe benefit policy and/or negotiated bargaining agreements. Applicants should briefly explain the percentage and composition of the fringe benefit structure and whether the budgeted fringe benefits represent an exception to standard policy. Fringe amounts must not exceed 30% of salary.

Contractual: Costs for services rendered to the project under a written agreement with the grantee. Travel: Costs for staff travel between normal work location and project sites.

Equipment: Includes purchase and/or rental costs and delivery of equipment directly required to implement the project. Equipment purchased with grant funding and having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $1,000 or more per unit shall become the property of DEC and shall be transferred to DEC following contract closeout, unless otherwise approved by DEC. (Please refer to page 17 of 25 of the “State of New York Master Contract for Grants” for additional detail on “Property”). If purchasing any equipment with a single unit value of $20,000 or more, such as stump grinder, chippers or tub grinders (for the purpose of the disposal of urban wood waste), an existing or new municipal agreement or letter of agreement from a partner community must be in place and uploaded showing shared services potential. For the purposes of this grant round, drones will not be funded.

Other Expenses: Supplies and materials, including delivery costs for items including trees, stakes, soil, fertilizer, tree watering bags, mulch, tree guards, hand tools, planting space engineering materials, educational resources and training courses that enable Tree Board members and volunteers to do their work and/or to enhance the spread of knowledge of community trees and the benefits they provide.

6. Tree Planting and Tree Maintenance Costs Eligible to be Used as Match, but NOT Eligible for Reimbursement:

(Match of at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the requested amount of grant funding is required for Tree Planting and Tree Maintenance projects.)

Warehoused Supplies and Materials: The value of the trees and planting items, and maintenance items warehoused (pre-purchased and/or not yet installed) calculated at current market prices. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Other Expenses” category of the budget.

Donated Labor: Skilled and professional labor must be computed at the job rate within the applicant county. Work performed by professional or skilled labor in an area outside of their expertise must be computed at minimum wage. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Personal Services - Salary” category of the budget.

Donated equipment usage: Compute the value according to its local DPW or DOT rate in the project location. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Equipment” category of the budget.

Predevelopment (tree planting only): Costs including design fees and other professional fees for the preparation of construction documents may be used for grant match only if incurred during the term of a MCG. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Contractual Services” category of the budget if the services are rendered under a written agreement. Otherwise, they should be listed as match funds in the “Other Expenses” category.

Education Programming – Nonprofit organizations and quasi-governmental entities only:

(Use Grants gateway opportunity UCF3-2018)

Develop curriculum; produce and host workshops; align end result with proper partner group; multi- county/group programming partners is encouraged. A minimum attendance of 12 participants and at least 35 hours of class/field work, plus preparation time, is required. Cost effectiveness points will be assessed on detail focused budgets and budget explanations reflecting necessary expenses only, e.g. affordability of this offering to the public. (Any admission cost can be used as match.) One Large Community application and one Small Community application from this category will be awarded. (Check Appendix 1 to see if the project will be completed in a Large Community) Upon completion of the project the following will be required: list of attendees completing the program.

A. Stewardship – comprehensive programming in which municipalities would benefit from individuals taking the training. A certificate would be offered for the following: learn to take and update inventory, plant trees, prune, tree id, basic risk tree assessment and when to call an ISA Risk Tree Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) arborist, field appropriate hand-held equipment training, and municipal tree protective ordinance policy and writing. Municipal workers and others working for municipalities (such as tree committee volunteers) would be target audience.

B. ISA Certification Training – programming to assist attendees in passing the certified arborist exam (attendees must be eligible under ISA’s requirements) and working for a municipality. All categories on current exam should be included, which can entail multi-day programming.

C. Urban/Forest Health – basic training in forest health assessment, urban forestry best management practices, and creation of attendee field manual. Stakeholders can be municipal staff, tree board members, train the trainers, and other non-profit tree work related groups, such as environmental board members.

Education Program Costs Eligible for Reimbursement:

Personal Services – Salary: Staff and paid labor costs devoted to the project must be itemized according to job title or job assignment on project. Overhead is capped at 10% and includes grant administration costs associated with preparing the project agreement (contract), quarterly reporting, and reimbursement payment request documentation once the grant is awarded. Grant recipients will be required to document the time worked, tasks, pay ratio and costs.

Personal Services – Fringe: Fringe benefits may include social security, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, and any insurance programs provided by the grantee organization to staff and paid labor for work devoted to the project. Fringe benefits should be budgeted in line with your organization’s standard fringe benefit policy and/or negotiated bargaining agreements. Applicants should briefly explain the percentage and composition of the fringe benefit structure and whether the budgeted fringe benefits represent an exception to standard policy. Fringe amounts must not exceed 30% of salary.

Contractual: Costs for services rendered to the project under a written agreement with the grantee. Travel: Costs for staff or presenters’ travel between normal work location and presentation sites.

Equipment: Includes purchase and/or rental costs and delivery of equipment directly required to implement the project. Equipment purchased with grant funding and having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $1,000 or more per unit shall become the property of DEC and shall be transferred to DEC following contract closeout, unless otherwise approved by DEC.

Other Expenses: Supplies and materials, including training facility rental fee and refreshments, delivery costs for items including trees, stakes, soil, fertilizer, tree watering bags, mulch, tree guards, hand tools, planting space engineering materials, and educational resources that enable attendees to complete their course of study and/or certification to enhance the spread of knowledge of community trees and the benefits they provide.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 129122

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,300,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Large Community Grants: Applicants may request a minimum grant amount of $11,000, up to a maximum amount of $75,000.
-Small Community Grants: Applicants may request a minimum grant amount of $11,000, up to a maximum amount of $50,000.

While the maximum grant amount is $50,000 for Small Communities and $75,000 for Large Communities, the average standard Community Forestry Management Plan grant is $8,000 - $15,000. The CFMP may be applied for in conjunction with the Tree Inventory.

Term of Contract:

All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables accounted for in performance measures that can be completed and invoiced within a two-year contract term.

Applicants should not begin their projects or incur costs until a Master Contract for Grants (MCG) has been fully approved by DEC, and if applicable approved by the Attorney General and the State Comptroller.

The possibility of a one year, no cost time extension (NCTE) beyond the MCG contract term end date will be determined by the Department based upon written justification from the Grantee. Applicants should not submit an application if they do not anticipate their project can be completed within the specified contract term. Awardees may submit quarterly reports and seek partial reimbursement for work already completed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For the purposes of this grant program, the following entities are considered eligible applicants:

New York State governmental entities, municipalities, and quasi-governmental entities including, but not limited to, counties, cities, towns, villages, or Indian nation or tribe recognized by the State or the United States with a reservation wholly or partly within the boundaries of New York State, or any combination thereof, public benefit corporations, public authorities, municipal corporations, soil and water conservation districts, school districts, and community colleges, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations whose projects are located within the eligible geographic boundaries defined in this Request For Applications (RFA).

Individuals and unincorporated groups may not apply, but an eligible not-for-profit organization, known as a fiscal sponsor, may apply on behalf of an individual or unincorporated group.

Not-For-Profit Eligibility:

An eligible applicant must be a not-for-profit corporation (NFP) community-based organization, or a community-based organization may partner with a NFP that will serve as their fiscal sponsor.

For the purposes of this grant opportunity, a community based organization is an organization that:
-Serves the residents of an area equal to or smaller than a town or city outside of New York City, or an area equal to or smaller than one of the five boroughs within New York City; and
-Cannot have its charter revoked or otherwise be dissolved through the action of another organization; and
-Is able to enter into legal agreements independent of any affiliated not-for-profit organization, government body, university or other entity that would be ineligible to apply for this grant; and
-Has more than 50 percent of its members residing in the affected community, or more than 50 percent of the people served by the applicant community group residing in the affected community.

For this grant opportunity, a NFP is subject to New York State’s Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, is qualified for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code, has an IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter to be incorporated in New York State and is current in their charities reporting requirements with the Office of the Attorney General.

Applicants must possess the knowledge, skills, and /or track record to successfully implement the project.

A fiscal sponsor is a New York State not-for-profit organization that applies to DEC on behalf of individuals or unincorporated organizations or groups. The fiscal sponsor accepts responsibility to serve as a fiscal conduit for a DEC-funded project, receiving and disbursing funds related to the grant, and administering the requirements throughout the DEC grant process, including final reporting of grant activity.

If a proposed project involves a cooperative agreement or unpaid partners, only one eligible, designated lead applicant can submit the application for grant funding. The lead applicant must assume the responsibility for the project application, performance of work consistent with this RFA, and the State of New York Master Contract for Grants. Letters substantiating the collaboration from each unpaid partner are required. These letters are to be uploaded to the Grants Gateway in a single PDF under the appropriate Program Question for the application.

Tree Inventory and Community Forest Management Plan Costs NOT Eligible for Reimbursement:

Donated labor, equipment usage, and/or other items: Costs that are not paid by the grantee. Volunteer work is not eligible for reimbursement.

Indirect/Overhead: Costs including accounting fees, insurance, interest, legal fees, rent, repairs, telephone bills, space/property, and utilities; contingencies.

Travel: Staff and/or contractor travel between the home location and the project site.

Application preparation: Costs associated with preparing the grant application.

Outside contract term: Costs incurred prior to an award or prior to a contract start date or after the contract end date. A contract term start and end date will be determined by DEC at the time of an official award. Anticipate a contract start date to be approximately 60 – 90 days from the date of an official award.

Other state or federal funding: Costs paid from other state or federal funding sources are not eligible for reimbursement.

Tree Planting and Tree Maintenance Costs Eligible to be Used as Match, but NOT Eligible for Reimbursement:

(Match of at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the requested amount of grant funding is required for Tree Planting and Tree Maintenance projects.)

Warehoused Supplies and Materials: The value of the trees and planting items, and maintenance items warehoused (pre-purchased and/or not yet installed) calculated at current market prices. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Other Expenses” category of the budget.

Donated Labor: Skilled and professional labor must be computed at the job rate within the applicant county. Work performed by professional or skilled labor in an area outside of their expertise must be computed at minimum wage. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Personal Services - Salary” category of the budget.

Donated equipment usage: Compute the value according to its local DPW or DOT rate in the project location. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Equipment” category of the budget.

Predevelopment (tree planting only): Costs including design fees and other professional fees for the preparation of construction documents may be used for grant match only if incurred during the term of a MCG. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Contractual Services” category of the budget if the services are rendered under a written agreement. Otherwise, they should be listed as match funds in the “Other Expenses” category.

Tree Planting and Tree Maintenance Costs NOT Eligible for Reimbursement or Match:

Indirect/Overhead: Costs including accounting fees, insurance, interest, legal fees, rent, repairs, telephone bills, space/property, and utilities; contingencies.

Travel: Staff and/or contractor travel between the home location and the project site. Application preparation: Costs associated with preparing the grant application.

Equipment: Use of drones.

Outside contract term: Costs incurred prior to the award (contract start date) of the grant or after the contract end date.

Other state or federal funding: Costs paid from other state or federal funding sources are not eligible for reimbursement.

Education Programming Costs Eligible to be Used as Match, but NOT Eligible for Reimbursement:

(Match of at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the requested amount of grant funding is required for Education Programming projects, i.e. admission costs.)

Warehoused Supplies and Materials: The value of the trees and planting items, and maintenance items warehoused (pre-purchased and/or not yet installed) calculated at current market prices. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Other Expenses” category of the budget.

Donated Labor: Skilled and professional labor must be computed at the job rate within the applicant county. Work performed by professional or skilled labor in an area outside of their expertise must be computed at minimum wage. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Personal Services - Salary” category of the budget.

Donated equipment usage: Compute the value according to its local DPW or DOT rate in the project location. These expenses should be listed as match funds in the “Equipment” category of the budget.

Education Programming Costs NOT Eligible for Reimbursement or Match:

Indirect/Overhead: Costs including accounting fees, insurance, interest, legal fees, rent, repairs, telephone bills, space/property, and utilities; contingencies.

Travel: Staff and/or contractor travel between the locations other than normal work location and the project site.

Application preparation: Costs associated with preparing the grant application.

Outside contract term: Costs incurred prior to the award (contract start date) of the grant or after the contract end date.

Other state or federal funding: Costs paid from other state or federal funding sources are not eligible for reimbursement.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Training webinar and program informational session directions:

Topic: DEC Urban Community Forestry Grant 2018 Round 14
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 am and 2:00p m Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 640 886 786 (10:00am) 641 360 405 (2:00pm)
Meeting Password: GG2018

To join the online meeting:

For the 10:00am webinar go to:
https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=m65e0a20729447bdad68c84255e66a24e

And for the 2:00pm webinar go to:
https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=m28541ab3ca45d5eafc468afebb5f00b4

Pre-Application Information:

Match is the portion of project expenditures not paid for with grant funds.

Applicants must match twenty-five percent (25%) of the requested amount of grant funding. For example, a $50,000 grant would require $12,500 in match for a total of $62,500; $50,000 funded by grant. Eligible sources of match funds cannot come from other NYS or federal funding sources.

Match in excess of 25% may be added for the applicant’s own budget planning but it does not need to be accounted for or reported on for reimbursement. Applicants will be required to provide the sources of all matching funds using the Match Worksheet in the Grants Gateway.

Match funds are not required for Tree Inventory and Community Forestry Management Plan projects.

Pursuant to the New York State Division of Budget Bulletin H-1032, dated June 7, 2013, New York State has instituted key reform initiatives to the grant contract process which require not-for-profits to register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process in order for applications to be evaluated. Information on these initiatives can be found on the Grants Reform Website.

All applicants must be Prequalified in the Grants Gateway at the time and date that the application is due. Applications received from not-for-profit Applicants that have not registered and are not Prequalified in the Grants Gateway by the application due date cannot be evaluated.

Please do not delay in beginning and completing the prequalification process. The State reserves 5 days to review submitted Prequalification applications. Prequalification applications submitted to the State for review less than 5 days prior to the application deadline may not be considered

Questions regarding this grant opportunity will be accepted by the Department until C.O.B. Thursday, June 21, 2018. All questions, and answers, will be uploaded in the Grants Gateway application for all applicants to view.

Timeline:
-Application Due Date: 2:00pm, Thursday, July 12, 2018
-Grants Gateway Training Webinar and Program Informational Session: Thursday, May 10, 2018
-Application Period Begins: Friday, April 27, 2018
-Question & Answer Period Ends: Thursday, June 21, 2018
-Applications Due: Thursday, July 12, 2018; 2:00 PM
-Award(s) Announced by (anticipated): October 2018

View Tree Inventory & Community Forest Management Plan on the Grants Gateway:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG//module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5001075

View Tree Planting & Tree Maintenance on the Grants Gateway:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG//module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5001076

View Education Programming on the Grants Gateway:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5001077

Contact Information:

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

Mary Kramarchyk, Program Director
mary.kramarchyk@dec.ny.gov

For information about pre-qualification, registration and additional assistance with Grants Gateway, contact:

(518) 474-5595
GrantsReform@its.ny.gov

Division of Lands and Forests
Urban Forestry Program
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-4253

Funding or Pin Number:

Tree Inventory & Community Forest Management Plan: UCF1-2018 / Tree Planting & Tree Maintenance: UCF2-2018 / Education Programming: UCF3-2018

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York