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Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Grant Program

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, School Districts,
and Municipalities for Tree Planting Activities

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

09/21/18 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Michigan government agencies, nonprofits, school districts, and tribal governments for support and technical assistance in enhancing their community forests. Eligible activities include: management and planning, education and training, tree planting, and Arbor Day celebrations. All tree planting projects must occur on public land or land open to the public. Categories may change from year to year.

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.

Several activities will be eligible for funding under the following categories:
1. Management, Planning and Innovation:
- Street and park tree inventories
- Community forestry management plans
- Urban tree canopy (UTC) assessments
- Tree ordinance development/revision
- Tree protection plans
- Street/landscape/arboretum designs and plans
- Urban wood utilization
- Purchase of tree inventory software (one time only)
- Temporary staffing support (labor/admin, students/interns – 1yr max)

2. Education and Training
- Develop/host urban forestry related workshops
- Purchase of educational and training materials/resources including books, videos, and brochures etc. focused on tree care, environment or natural resources themes
- Registration expenses for worker training events
- Initial costs associated with certification for in-house employee(s) by the International Society of Arboriculture (e.g. certified arborist)
- Develop/host youth education programs/events
- Develop/purchase tree ID tags, interpretive trail signage, etc.

Note- Educational products developed may be locally focused but ideally will have statewide or regional applicability and include a mechanism for information distribution.

3. Arbor Day Celebrations:
- Arbor Day tree planting (typically one tree)
- Arbor Day/Tree City celebration supplies/materials (brochures, pencils, stickers, awards etc.).
- School library books/materials related to trees, forestry, environmental or natural resource issues. All materials must be approved by the grant supervisor.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130218

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may be up to $20,000, as determined by project category.
- Maximum grant request for Management, Planning, and Innovation: $20,000
- Maximum grant request for Education and Training: $10,000
- Maximum grant request for Arbor Day Celebrations: $500

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by September 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from the following:
- Local units of government (e.g. city, village, township, county, school district, public university, and other legal entities of local government)
- Tribal governments
- Nonprofit organizations* ([501(c)(3)] or other granted legal status)

Note- Priority consideration will be given to first-time applicants and to those who have not received any DNR-administered UCF program grants in the last year.

Individuals and private businesses are not eligible to apply but may partner with an eligible organization on a proposal.

Maintenance projects (e.g., tree trimming, removal, etc.) are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2019 Grant Program must be postmarked by September 21,2018.

Applications are announced each summer, submitted to the Forest Resources Division and then reviewed by Division staff. Applications are approved, adjusted or denied. Applicants are notified and agreements signed.

Every effort is made to review and notify applicants as soon as possible. However, official notifications typically are not made for up to 2 months after the application closing date.

This is a 1:1 cost share match program. Federal funds may not be used as part of the required match. All matching funds must be directly related to the proposed project and have been incurred within the grant period. Some acceptable sources of match include:
- Salaries/wages and fringes
- Contractor / consulting fees
- Equipment (purchase, rental or donated, in-kind, etc.)
- Supplies (i.e., trees, books, brochures, etc.)
- Travel (current federal rate of $.555/mile)
- Delivery costs

This is a reimbursement grant program. Federal grant monies awarded under this program will be paid only upon evidence of completion of approved projects.

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Contact Information:

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

Applications should be submitted to:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Urban and Community Forestry Program

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30452
Lansing, MI 48909-7952

Street Address:
525 W. Allegan St., 4th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933

Kevin Sayers, DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator, Forest Resources Division

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USA: Michigan