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Grants to Colorado Agencies, Nonprofits, Neighborhood Organizations, and School Districts to Support Community Forests


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Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) Tree Grant - Xcel Energy Vegetation Management Grant

USDA Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) and Xcel Energy

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #149178

Grant Description

Grants of up to $3,000 to Colorado state and local governments, nonprofit, community, and neighborhood organizations, and school districts in the funding source's service area for projects to support community forests. Projects must have an educational component. Eligible applicants are located in the Xcel Energy service area.

Project Types:

  • Management/Maintenance Grants can include tree inventories, canopy assessments, management plans, maintenance projects, and related activities. Examples:
    • Structural pruning of small trees along a main street.
    • Implementing an insect control program.
    • Developing a community tree care plan.
    • Exploring and setting goals for tree canopy equity.
  • Media Grants can include public relations activities, social media campaigns, literature or video development or dispersal, and educational programs. Examples:
    • Develop or distribute a video on proper tree planting, maintenance, and watering.
    • Create and install interpretive signs for an arboretum or community garden.
    • Develop a program for your community promoting tree diversity and drought tolerant tree planting.
    • Host a workshop for community members and/or elected officials on the health benefits of tree canopy.
  • Tree Planting Grants can include street, arboretum, school, or park tree planting projects. These grants should emphasize a diverse species palette and proper planting techniques. Examples:
    • Highlight new tree varieties by planting them in your arboretum.
    • Plant new trees at a school and involve students in their planting and care.
    • Engage residents to replant street trees in an older neighborhood that has lost many trees.
    • Plant new trees in a neighborhood that has not historically benefitted from the health, economic, and other benefits of trees and tree canopy.

Additional points in the evaluation process will be awarded to projects:

  1. In a community with a population smaller than 8,000 people.
  2. In a community that is currently or in the process of being recognized as a Tree City or Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
  3. That are community-driven and center equity. Specifically, to projects being led by a community-based organization primarily serving people of color and/or low-income residents and/or that clearly advance tree canopy equity.
  4. That already have tree inventory data or will produce data that will be uploaded to, the statewide tree inventory.

Eligible projects are tree-related projects that promote, enhance, and/or renew community forests. All projects should include an educational component and promote correct tree planting, care, and maintenance. In general, projects must be on public property, but projects on private property that provide public benefit and/or access are acceptable.

Eligible Expenses are tree-related only.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include state and local governments, school districts, community and neighborhood organizations, and private non-profit groups. Grants will not be provided to individuals or for-profit corporations.

Grants will no longer be awarded to any organization in consecutive years. 2021 grant recipients are not eligible for 2022 grants but may reapply again in 2023.

Do not include expenses related to turf, shrubs, flowers, trail construction, recreational facilities, or other non-tree-related items or services.

Additional Geographic Information:

Eligible Communities:

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Cycle - Important Dates:
- Application Distribution: Early November 2021
- Applications Due: December 17, 2021
- Grant Review: December 2021 & January 2022
- Successful Applicants Informed: February 2022

The application process is online only. Applications must be emailed.

Xcel Energy Vegetation Management Grants require a 4:1 or 25% match. For example, if you are awarded a grant for $2,000, you must secure at least $500 in cash contributions from your organization and/or partners.

Connect with local professionals. It is highly recommended that you contact the Colorado State Forest Service field office nearest you to let them know about your project and to get guidance. Visit to find your local field office or contact a CTC representative for help. You may also want to engage your City Forester, Tree Board, and/or local CSU Extension Horticulture Agent prior to submitting your application. These members of your community are experts in tree species selection and diversity, planting techniques and locations, and maintenance that is appropriate for your community. Even better, they love supporting community organizations and neighbors doing this work.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Xcel Energy Vegetation Management Grants will be awarded for $1,000 to $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Completion: September 30, 2022

Contact Information:

The application and support material must be emailed back to

Please contact staff at 720-624-6555 or if you have any questions or are looking for help developing your project.

- David Flaig: CTC Grants Committee - 720-624-6555
- Scott Grimes: CTC Executive Board - 303-720-8170
- Allison Serafin Steere: CTC Executive Board - 303-921-5641
- Dana Coelho: Colorado State Forest Service - 303-349-9807
- Donna Davis: Colorado State Forest Service - 719-468-9499

Colorado Tree Coalition
P.O. Box 808
Broomfield, Colorado 80038-0808

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