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2020 Florida Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Grant Program

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribal Governments, and
Educational Institutions to Preserve and Expand Tree Canopy

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) - Division of Administration

Deadline Date:

08/21/20 2:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, tribal governments, and educational institutions to preserve and expand tree canopy throughout the State, specifically in developed and urban areas. Priority will be given to projects in fiscally distressed communities.

The primary purpose of this UCF grant program is to promote better urban forest management and to provide resources necessary for the retention and expansion of community tree canopy throughout the State of Florida. Trees are a vital component of urban infrastructure, but trees must be properly managed to maximize the benefits they provide to the community. By properly managing their tree infrastructure, communities can increase property values, tourism, appeal, and the physical and mental health of residents, while reducing stormwater runoff, energy consumption, and air and water pollution. Community forest management also helps to identify public safety hazards to residents and structures and is a useful tool in storm preparation. For more information, see pp. 2-3 of the NOFO in Supporting Documents below.

Grant Categories:

  • Public Tree Canopy Improvement (Tree Planting): this category is provided for the purchase and installation of community trees on public rights-of-way and in parks or other public spaces.
  • Public Tree Inventory or Urban Tree Canopy Assessment: This category is provided for communities to develop or enhance inventories/assessments of public trees. Up-to-date inventories can provide more efficient and effective response to storms.
  • Urban Forest Management Planning: A community forest storm mitigation plan serves as the guiding document for managing the tree resource in a community before, during and after a storm.
  • Urban Forestry Information and Education: This category is provided to make the public more aware of urban forestry management practices that will reduce damage to trees from hurricanes and tropical storms, the steps to take immediately before and after a storm, how to proceed with storm cleanup, available sources of assistance, and how healthy trees can reduce damage during storms.

For more information on grant categories and eligible activities, see pp. 3-7 of the NOFO in Supporting Documents below.

FDACS, Florida Forest Service (FFS) is requesting proposals for grants to:

  • Plant trees in areas where they would provide tangible benefits to Floridians through energy reduction, water or air quality improvement, stormwater runoff avoidance, or increased greenspace accessibility.
  • Conduct a tree inventory of public areas and assess the condition of individual trees.
  • Conduct an urban tree canopy assessment to gather information about how much tree canopy is in the area and how it is distributed across the landscape.
  • Develop an urban forest management plan.
  • Implement informational and educational programs to improve the understanding of residents and local officials of the benefits of maintaining a healthy tree canopy.
  • Develop a workforce development program to educate students and residents about career opportunities in the green industry and provide them with hands-on experience to give them the necessary skills.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154847

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$200,000

Number of Grants:

Anticipated number of awards: 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may not exceed $20,000. The minimum amount allowed is $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 11/01/2020 through 12/31/2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified applicants are nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, local governments, state governments, and Native American tribal governments.

Expenses associated with travel and per diem are not eligible. Expenses associated with invasive species removal are not eligible but may be used as match. Any work performed on the project and/or any expenditure made prior to a fully executed sub-recipient agreement and written authorization from FDACS is ineligible for reimbursement

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Notice of Federal Financial Assistance Funding Opportunity Advertisement: From 06/22/2020 To 08/21/2020
- Submission of Questions: From 06/22/2020 To 08/19/2020
- Responses to Questions Posted: From 06/22/2020 To 08/19/2020
- Application Submission Deadline: 08/21/2020 2:00 p.m. EST
- Evaluation of Applications: From 08/24/2020 To 09/25/2020
- Award Notice: 10/02/2020

If you are unable to access the internet, a written request for the application packet should be submitted to the mailing address or email address below.

Required Registrations:
- Applicants are required to provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number on the application (http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform).
- The applicant must be registered in the System of Award Management (SAM) https://sam.gov/SAM/. The applicant will be required to maintain a registration for the duration of the award.

The match requirements for this Funding Opportunity is 50% (1:1 match). For more information, see p.9 of the NOFO in Supporting Documents below.

The FDACS agreement with the federal agency is cost reimbursement format; therefore, no advance payments will be provided.

Grant Opportunity Post: http://www.myflorida.com/apps/vbs/vbs_www.ad_r2.view_ad?advertisement_key_num=153458

Contact Information:

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

Completed hard copy application packages shall be mailed or delivered to:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Purchasing Office
407 South Calhoun Street
Mayo Building – Room SB-8
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800

Questions regarding procedures for submittal of proposals should be submitted to:
Telephone (850) 617-7188
Email: Bids@FDACS.gov

Michelle Faircloth
Phone: (850) 617-7181
Fax: (850) 617-7190
Email: Michelle.Faircloth@FDACS.gov

CFDA Number:

10.664

Funding or Pin Number:

20-DG-11083112-001 – A

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida

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