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Urban Forestry Grants

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

GrantWatch ID#: 146957
Agency Type:

State

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

10/01/17 11:59 PM electronic submission or postmark deadline for Regular Grants and Startup Grants; Applications for Catastrophic Storm Grants must be received at least 60 days from the date of emergency declaration.

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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.

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:

Catastrophic storm grants fund 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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).

A Grant Application Question and Answer Webinar was held August 9, 2016. Information is still relevant for 2018 grant applications. Access the recording here:
http://dnrmedia.wi.gov/main/Play/983f49403315425aa5a9ab155348bc231d

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

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

Urban Forestry Contacts:
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/contact.html

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Urban Forestry Grants – FR/4
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921

Fax: 608-266-8576
DNRUrbanForestryGrants@wisconsin.gov

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