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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:

10/01/18 11:59 PM electronic submission or postmark deadline for Regular Grants and Startup Grants.

Description:

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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, municipalities, 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 project components include, but are not limited to:
-Tree inventory or canopy assessment;
-Urban forestry strategic or management plan;
-Urban forest pest response, storm response or risk reduction plan;
-Tree ordinance development/revision;
-Public outreach;
-Staff or volunteer training;
-Tree board or volunteer group development; and
-Tree planting, maintenance and removal.

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.

Examples include:
-Salaries and fringe benefits of people working directly on the project;
-Cost of services, supplies, equipment or facilities used on the project; and
-Value of labor, services, supplies, equipment or facilities donated to the project by third parties.

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.

Projects may consist of no more than three of the following eight components:
-Tree planting;
-Tree pruning;
-Tree removal;
-Tree inventory;
-Insect and disease treatment;
-Staff training;
-Urban forestry management plan; and
-Information/education/outreach (may include forming a tree board, writing a tree ordinance, staff and/or volunteer training, or improving awareness of the importance of community trees and their management).

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.

Examples include:
-Salaries and fringe benefits of people working directly on the project;
-Cost of services, supplies, equipment or facilities used on the project; and
-Value of labor, services, supplies, equipment or facilities donated to the project by third parties.

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 costs include regular wages and fringe benefits of people working directly on tree repair, removal or replacement (overtime costs are not eligible) and cost of services, supplies, equipment or facilities used for tree repair, removal or replacement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146957

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$420,000

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:

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:

Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations who meet two or more of the following conditions may apply:

-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:

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 [exit DNR] according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

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

Pre-Application Information:

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.

Deadline for Regular Grants and Startup Grants: Applications must be sent or postmarked by 11:59 PM, October 1.

Catastrophic Storm Grants: Applications must be received no later than 60 days from the date of emergency declaration (postmarked or received electronically by midnight on the due date).

No executive orders declaring a state of emergency are currently in effect, so the urban forestry catastrophic storm grant program is not accepting applications. At such time as a state of emergency is declared under s. 323.10 Wis. Stats., the website will be updated to reflect the activation of the grant program.

Important Dates

- July 1, 2018: Opening of 2019 Urban Forestry Grants application period.

- October 1, 2018: Grant application deadline. All application materials, including the authorizing resolution, must be sent no later than 11:59 p.m., October 1, 2018.

- November, 15, 2018: Applicants will be notified of funding status.

- December 2018: Successful applicants will receive a grant agreement no later than December 31, 2018.

- January 2019: 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, 2019: Interim Progress Reports are due.

- December 15, 2019: 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, 2019: 2019 Urban Forestry Grant expiration date.

- March 31, 2019: Deadline to submit reimbursement request for grants that expired December 31, 2019. 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.

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: http://dnrmedia.wi.gov/main/Play/983f49403315425aa5a9ab155348bc231d
Demonstrates how to fill out an urban forestry grant application. Includes a question and answer session. (40 minutes – August 2016). Note: there will be an echo due to a technical issue.

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

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

Catastrophic Storm Grants Information:
http://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

Alexandria Elias, Urban Forestry Grants Manager
Alexandria.Elias@wisconsin.gov
608-261-8455

Urban Forestry contacts: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/contact.html

Consultants: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/consultants.html

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USA: Wisconsin