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Urban Forestry Grants

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Tribes for Forestry Management in Urban Areas

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 - For Regular Grants and Startup Grants

Description:

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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, municipalities, counties, and tribes for urban forestry projects throughout the State. Funding is available to improve forestry management capacity, support the startup costs of new forestry programs, and to address tree removal and replacement following catastrophic weather events.

The Urban Forestry Grant Program is designed to fund projects that improve a community's capacity to manage its trees (e.g., management plans, ordinances, staff training, tree board development, inventories, and public education). Projects that help conserve, protect, expand or improve the urban forest resource (e.g., planting, hazard tree removal, pest control) will also be prioritized.

Regular Grants: 

Regular urban forestry grants support projects that improve a community’s capacity to manage its trees.

Grants are to support new, innovative projects that will develop sustainable urban and community forestry programs, not to subsidize routine forestry activities.

  • Projects must relate to community tree management, maintenance or education within Wisconsin cities, villages or other areas of concentrated development.

Eligible costs are those necessary for completing the project and incurred during the project period. Costs must be documented, reasonable and consistent with the project scope. 

Startup Grants: 

Startup grants are competitive cost-share grants. These simplified grants are available to communities that want to start or restart an urban forestry program.

Urban forestry startup grants support small projects focused on initial steps in community tree care and management. A long-term goal for applicants should be development of a sustained community tree management program.

  • Projects must relate to community tree management, maintenance or education within Wisconsin cities, villages or other areas of concentrated development.
  • Projects by 501(c)(3) organizations must focus on their community’s trees.

Eligible costs are those necessary for completing the project and incurred during the project period. Costs must be documented, reasonable and consistent with the project scope. 

Catastrophic Storm Grants: 

This grant is for tree repair, removal or replacement within urban areas following a catastrophic storm event for which the governor has declared a State of Emergency under s. 323.10, Wis. Stats. A catastrophic storm means damage to urban forests caused by snow, ice, hail, wind or tornado. Catastrophic storm does not include forest fire, drought, insect infestation or disease, or water saturation due to flooding.

Eligible costs are limited to damaged tree repair, removal or replacement within urban areas in the geographic area covered by the State of Emergency and incurred as a direct result of the catastrophic storm event for which the governor has declared a State of Emergency.

Eligible costs are those necessary for—and consistent with—damaged tree repair, removal or replacement. Costs must be documented and reasonable.

Eligible projects for Regular and Startup Grants can be found at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/grants/documents/UFGrantsApplicationGuide2020.pdf#page=8.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146957

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Regular Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000.
- Startup Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.
- Catastrophic Storm Grants range from $4,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

- Regular and Startup Grants: Projects begin January 1 and must be completed within one calendar year.
- Catastrophic Grants: Projects must be completed within 365 days after the governor’s emergency declaration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offers urban forestry grants to cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in or conducting projects in Wisconsin.

Regular Grants:
Who may apply: Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in or conducting their project in Wisconsin may apply for a regular urban forestry grant.

Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Construction projects (such as trails, fences, shelters, buildings, and site grading) not directly related to planting;
- Land clearing or stump removal projects not directly related to tree planting or removal; and
- Land or boundary surveys or title search, appraisal, sale or exchange of real property.

Startup Grants:
Who may apply: Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations who meet two or more of the following conditions:
- Starting, or recently started, a community-wide tree care program.
- Resuming tree care and management activities that were once a regular community-wide program that ended.
- Community tree care (planting, pruning, removal) by staff or contractors is infrequently performed.
- Involvement and support for community trees and their care by boards/committees, elected officials, organizations, and/or residents is low to non-existent.
- There are no trained staff, contractors or volunteers authorized to handle, advise or oversee community tree care and management.

A maximum of three urban forestry startup grants may be awarded to an applicant within the lifetime of the startup grant program.

To be eligible for a third startup grant, an applicant must either: a) have an existing tree inventory; or b) use the grant process to complete one.

Catastrophic Storm Grants:
Who may apply: Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes, and 501(c)(3) organizations that have experienced damage to an urban forest as a direct result of a catastrophic storm event for which the governor has declared a State of Emergency are eligible to apply for an urban forestry catastrophic storm grant.

Urban forest damage must have occurred in an area with a minimum of 100 residents per square mile. Residential density is determined from statistics provided by the Wisconsin Demographic Services Center according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Costs reimbursed by another funding source (including federal disaster assistance or insurance) are not eligible.

Private property owners are not eligible for this funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines:
- Catastrophic Storm Grants: An executive order declaring a State of Emergency was issued for the series of storm events beginning on July 18, 2019, statewide. Applications must be postmarked no later than 60 days from the date of emergency declaration. Applications will be accepted until Monday, September 16th.
- Deadline for Regular Grants and Startup Grants: Application deadline is October 1, 2019

Important Dates for Regular and Startup Grants:
- July 1, 2019: Opening of 2019 Urban Forestry Grants application period.
- October 1, 2019: Grant application deadline. All application materials, including the authorizing resolution, must be sent no later than 11:59 p.m., October 1, 2019.
- November 15, 2019: Applicants will be notified of funding status.
- December 2019: Successful applicants will receive a grant agreement no later than December 31, 2019.
- January 2020: Grants are normally in effect from January 1 through December 31. The grant agreement will specify the effective dates for reimbursable project costs.
- June 30, 2020: Interim Progress Reports are due.
- December 15, 2020: Deadline for Urban Forestry Grant extension request. Extension requests may be approved at the discretion of the department only if emailed or postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m., on December 15.
- December 31, 2020: 2020 Urban Forestry Grant expiration date.
- March 31, 2019: Deadline to submit reimbursement request for grants that expired December 31, 2020. Reimbursement request packet, with all supporting documentation and appropriate signatures, must be sent by e-mail, mail, or fax by 11:59 p.m. Late submittal could result in loss of grant funding.

Matching Funds:
- For Regular and Startup Grants, the project sponsor must initially fund 100 percent of project costs with cash, in-kind contributions and/or donations. Upon completion, the project sponsor requests reimbursement for 50 percent of eligible costs (501[c][3] nonprofit organizations may request an advance when a grant is awarded).
- Catastrophic Storm Grant recipients may request 50 percent advance payment of estimated project costs. No local share (also called match) is required.

Only one startup grant may be awarded to an applicant per year.

Grant application informational video: https://dnrmedia.wi.gov/main/Play/fbddada282394d3d8cb3afd76d094fe91d
Covers the differences between startup grants and regular grants, how/when to contact urban forestry coordinators, recent changes to the grant application form and other topics related to the grant application process. (11 minutes – July 2018)

Grant application webinar: https://dnrmedia.wi.gov/main/Play/66dcd42ded8e40fd9b55d4db18e8efbf1d
Covers several of the most common mistakes that are made on grant reimbursement request forms and how to avoid them (11 minutes – August 2018).

Regular Grant Information:
https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/grants/regular.html

Startup Grant Information:
https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/grants/startup.html

Catastrophic Storm Grants Information:
https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/grants/catastrophic.html

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to: DNRUrbanForestryGrants@wisconsin.gov

Or, mail hard copies or fax to:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Urban Forestry Grants – FR/4
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
Fax: 608-266-8576

For information, please contact:
Chase O'Brien
Urban forestry grants manager
608-640-6143
chase.obrien@wisconsin.gov

Nicole Spafford
Budget and grant specialist
715-453-2188 ext. 1274
nicole.spafford@wisconsin.gov

For more information or assistance, contact your urban forestry coordinator: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/contact.html

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