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Montana Tree City of the Year Award

Grant to a Montana Community for Projects that
Promote Urban Forestry and Environmental Awareness

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Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and the Montana Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Association

Deadline Date:

09/25/19 Postmarked


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Grant of $10,000 to a Montana community to support unique projects that promote urban forestry and enhance community awareness of the importance of and the benefits provided by trees. Communities with special environmental designations, or those that will receive such designation within the coming year, can apply for funding for forestry projects (including holding Arbor Day festivities).

Eligible Projects

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Perform a green infrastructure project such as converting lots into green space 
  • Entryway or corridor beautification
  • A high profile tree-related project on public lands
  • Perform green infrastructure analysis or assessment
  • Urban forestry public education campaign
  • Implement new practices, approaches, and technology in urban forestry

Program Purpose

The goals of the Tree City of the Year Award include:

  1. Recognize Montana’s top communities that demonstrate excellence in urban forestry
  2. Improve condition and function of urban landscapes and green infrastructure in Montana Cities and Towns
  3. Promote innovative and significant projects that raise awareness through urban forestry
  4. One community will be selected to hold the statewide Arbor Day celebration

Applicant should also consider overall program goals & priorities identified by the Forest Service and DNRC, which include:

  • Protect and improve air and water quality
  • Mitigate climate change
  • Conserve energy
  • Improve human health and well-being

Project Budget Information

Reimbursable Expenses May Include:
  • Personnel Expenses - Cost of hiring seasonal employees or special staff to carry out the project.
  • Operating Expenditures - Cost of purchasing appropriate supplies and materials to complete the project. Examples include costs for tree planting supplies and materials, equipment rental, media outreach (public service announcements), printing, purchase of relevant publications, or costs associated with educational opportunities related to urban forestries, such as speaker fees or facility rental.
  • Contracted Professional Services - Costs related to hiring a consultant or contractor (arboriculture, forestry, landscape design, planning) and/or other professional for this project.
  • Irrigation - No more than 30% of the total grant amount awarded may be used for irrigation. 
  • Event Cost - Limited to $3,000.00 for Arbor Day Celebration expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162083

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Award of $10,000 to winning proposal.

Term of Contract:

- Grantees should have significant accomplishments of projects by Arbor Day, April 24, 2020.
- Reimbursable project expenses must occur between the date of signed grant agreement and the expiration date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
- Montana Tree City USA communities interested in conducting innovative projects in urban forestry and hosting the Montana State Arbor Day Celebration for 2020.
- Community must be a current Tree City USA designated community or achieve the designation within one year of the award.

Non-reimbursable Expenses:
- Federal funds - May not be used for applicant cash, donated, or in-kind matching contributions.
- Capital assets - Examples of capital outlay are large equipment (bucket truck), some types of hardscaping, etc.

Requested grant funds cannot be used for regular personnel costs of city/town employees. However, forestry student interns or summer forestry apprentice costs can be included as grant funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted/postmarked by September 25, 2019.

Finalists will be announced during the Montana League of Cities and Towns Conference in Billings, MT October 2-4, 2019. (For conference details visit The Governor’s office will later select the winning community for the grant and 2020 State Arbor Day Celebration.

Prior to applying, contact with your area service/urban forester is highly encouraged. They can help you through the project design and planning process.

Matching funds are encouraged but not required.

Grant funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis. A portion of awarded funds are intended for holding an Arbor Day celebration.

Contact Information:

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

Please email completed application to

and submit the original by September 25 to the following address:

Montana DNRC - Urban
Forestry Program
2705 Spurgin Road
Missoula, Montana

Jamie Kirby, Urban Forestry Coordinator, Montana DNRC
Telephone: 542-4288

Regional Urban Foresters:

Northwestern Region
Ali Ulwelling, Kalispell, MT
Telephone: 406-751-2270
Counties include: Glacier, Lincoln, Flathead, Lake, Sanders, Pondera, Teton, Toole

Southwestern Region
Jamie Kirby, Missoula, MT
Counties include: Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Gallatin, Granite, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Madison, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, Silver Bow

Northeastern Region
Josh Stoychoff, Lewistown, MT
Telephone: 406-535-1903
Counties include: Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Daniels, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Hill, Judith Basin, Liberty, McCone, Meagher, Petroleum, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley, Wheatland

Southern Area
Jeff Hermanns, Billings, MT
Telephone (406) 247-4403
Counties include: Big Horn, Carbon, Musselshell, Park, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure, Yellowstone

Southeastern Area
Andy Miller, Miles City, MT
Telephone (406) 232-2034
Counties include: Powder River, Carter, Custer, Rosebud, Fallon, Prairie, Wibaux, Dawson, Richland, McCone

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