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Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Grant Program

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies, and Tribal Governments
for Community Events that Promote the Care of Trees and Forests

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

09/20/19 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Michigan government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and tribal governments for support and technical assistance in enhancing community trees and forests. Funding is intended to support activities related to forestry policies, including management and planning, education and training, tree planting, and Arbor Day celebrations.

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.

Management, Planning and Innovation includes activities such as:

  • 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 initiatives (not equipment)
  • Purchase of tree inventory software (one time only)
  • Temporary staffing support (labor/admin, students/interns – one year max) 

Education and Training includes activities and items, such as:

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

Arbor Day Celebrations include activities, such as:

  • 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

Estimated Total Program Funding:


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:

Project duration: Approximately one year (October through September). Projects must be completed by September 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Individuals, private businesses, and for-profit institutions are not eligible to apply but may partner with an eligible organization on a proposal.

Non-profit organizations submitting applications must also:
1. Provide a copy of the IRS letter of determination indicating non-profit status.
2. Provide documented permission from the landowning authority (e.g. city forester, city manager etc.) where the project will be performed, if it is not your own. Lands owned by non-profit organizations and tribal lands are eligible for use, but applicants must submit a letter from the organization or tribe ensuring that the lands are open to the public for educational purposes.

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.

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 20, 2019.

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.

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.

Email the application packet to Kevin Sayers:

Or mail applications to:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Urban and Community Forestry Program
P.O. Box 30452
Lansing, MI 48909-7952


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