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Urban and Community Forestry Grants

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #129199

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Oklahoma government agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and civic groups to manage and improve forest areas. Eligible activities include staffing, educational programs, planning and management, and the public assessment and inventory of tree health.

Components of a successful community forestry program involve much more than tree planting, but include planning, maintenance, protection, education and training, and utilization of the community forest resource. One of the most important aspects of urban and community forestry is maintaining a broad base of citizen support. Promotion of volunteerism and involvement of nonprofit organizations will aid in securing citizen support. Applicants are encouraged to be creative in making this grant work for their organization by looking beyond tree planting to projects that will assist in providing lasting capabilities for urban and community forestry.

Volunteerism and the forming of new partnerships is the very heart of the Urban and Community Forestry Program. Proposals incorporating the forming of new partnerships to achieve the same goal may be given higher consideration during the evaluation. Cooperation and coordination between all involved will maximize funds and reduce duplication of effort. As part of the planning stage, applicants may want to consult with an expert to ensure success.

Priority Emphasis Areas:

  • Master Plan: Develop a comprehensive plan to achieve visual and spatial unity within the community. The plan should reflect the long-term goals and objectives established by a tree board, tree commission, or city council and address planting, maintenance, and replacement needs of community trees.
  • Street Tree Inventory: Develop a method to document the types and locations of trees and outline the needs of a community's tree population. Collect inventory data, analyze, and publish results. Inventory information may include: species, site limitations (i.e. overhead utility lines), location, general tree condition, and maintenance needs. Inventory information may also include suitable planting sites for new trees and hazardous tree locations.
  • Local Government Staffing: Employ or contract with part-time or full-time (temporary) staff to assist in urban and community forestry program development. Duties may include coordinating and supervising a street tree inventory project, a major street tree planting project, or maintenance project. Candidates for employment may include student interns, graduate urban foresters, consultants, or other qualified individuals.
  • Nonprofit Organization Staffing: Employ part-time or full-time (temporary) staff to assist in organization program development or expansion. Duties may include coordinating organization or volunteer efforts or assisting with administrative tasks or technical assistance. Candidates for employment may include student interns or other qualified individuals.
  • Develop Tree Board or Tree Commission: Organize a new city tree board or tree commission to develop and administer a comprehensive city tree management program. A tree board or commission is typically a group of concerned citizens charged by ordinance to act on behalf of the city. A proposal may include administrative or educational expenses associated with organizing such a group.
  • Public Tree Ordinance: Develop or revise a municipal tree ordinance that addresses such matters as establishing municipal authority over public trees, assigning responsibility to a public employee or department, setting maintenance and management standards, and defining nuisance conditions of private trees. This ordinance may be a new or an existing ordinance. A proposal may include educating citizens about the purpose and provisions of the ordinance. 
  • Tree Protection Ordinance: Develop or revise a tree protection ordinance designed primarily to protect existing urban and community trees during land development. The ordinance may regulate the removal of trees by establishing definitions, procedures, penalties, and appeals necessary for enforcement. The ordinance may be a new or an existing ordinance. A proposal may include educating citizens of the purpose and provisions of the ordinance. The proposal may include funds for educating applicants of proper protection measures to be taken prior to and during construction work. 

For other examples of acceptable projects, see page 7 of the grant application, in Supporting Documents, below. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- State and local units of government
- Nonprofit organizations with current federal ID number
- Neighborhood Associations with current federal ID number
- Civic groups
- Educational institutions
- Tree volunteer groups with current federal ID number

All grant-related projects must occur in Oklahoma.

Not eligible:
Those who are debarred from participating in federal grant programs or were previously awarded a U&CF Grant and did not complete the expected accomplishments and grant requirements.

Projects may not include the purchase of equipment (equipment use fees are acceptable).

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be in the office of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry –Forestry Services in Oklahoma City by November 18, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

- November 18, 2022 at 5:00 pm Application must be in the office of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Forestry Services.
- November 19, 2022 through December 9, 2022 Application review will occur.
- December 13, 2022 Final approval is expected.
- December 16, 2022 Forestry Services will notify applicants the status of their project and set up an initial meeting for the projects selected for funding.

Applicant must provide at least 50% of the total project cost. The applicant's 50% may include cash, in-kind services, or donations. Applications must be for projects, programs, or activities not currently being funded, and may not be a substitute for existing funding. All funds related to projects may not be used as a match for any other federal cost-share projects.

Only 20% of federal funds for each project may be used to purchase and plant trees.

This is a reimbursement-type grant. Expenditures made prior to a purchase order being set up will not be
eligible for reimbursement.

There is no limit on the number of applications an eligible group may submit.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The range for federal funding requests is $1,000 to $10,000.
- The federal sum total awarded to a group will be a maximum of $20,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one year of contract agreement.

Contact Information:

Mail or deliver applications to:

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Forestry Services
Attn: Mark Bays
Oklahoma Forestry Services
2800 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For questions, please contact Mark Bays at (405) 522-6150.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc. should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

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