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2021 Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Grant Program

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
for City and Community-Based Forestry Projects

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC)

Deadline Date:

08/15/21 Postmarked

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Mississippi nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for the development of self-sustaining, long-term community and urban forestry programs. Funding is intended to increase local capacity, training and continuing education, volunteer involvement, and planning.

Projects that demonstrate use of funding to provide the largest impact will receive priority. Grantees are encouraged to do projects of state-wide significance such as training, publications, or research that could be used to provide information on a statewide basis. First-time municipal applicants and municipalities seeking Tree City USA status are also given priority for funding. Tree planting and demonstration projects will have the lowest priority for funding.

Eligible Projects must meet Federal and State Program Objectives. Projects must be consistent with the comprehensive plan of the city or county where the project will take place. The Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program is intended to support new initiatives, programs, projects, staff positions, or activities not currently being funded through other sources or to expand existing programs that would not occur without grant funds.

Priority should be given to projects that maximize leveraging of federal funds, target the national U&CF program goals, stimulate U&CF activity and program development, and create involvement of volunteers.

For the list of National U&CF Program Goals, see https://www.mfc.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021-Urban-Community-Forestry-Grant-Application.pdf#page=3.

For Regional U&CF Program Guidance and State Program Objectives, see https://www.mfc.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021-Urban-Community-Forestry-Grant-Application.pdf#page=4.

Current Mississippi Urban and Community Forest Program objectives are listed below:

  1. Increase awareness of the importance of trees and urban forest management in the urban environment.
  2. Work to ensure a healthy urban environment and livable cities in Mississippi through urban forest management.
  3. Increase technical expertise in urban and community forestry practices and provide education and training opportunities to urban forest managers, tree care providers, consultants, foresters, and volunteers on urban and community forest management and proper tree care.
  4. Develop self-sustaining urban and community forestry programs at the local and state levels.
  5. Encourage partnerships in support of urban and community forestry in Mississippi.
  6. Seek funding opportunities for implementing urban and community forestry programs in Mississippi.

For examples of eligible projects, see https://www.mfc.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021-Urban-Community-Forestry-Grant-Application.pdf#page=8.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163348

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests for funding cannot exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one (1) year of finalized grant agreement. All major activities listed must occur within the grant year, 10/01/21 – 9/30/22, whether funded by the grant or with matching funds and should be represented in the budget.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funds may be awarded to units of local governments (city, town, county), nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions. Other organizations, such as community tree volunteer groups, neighborhood associations, or civic groups which are not 501(c)3 are eligible, must apply in partnership with a nonprofit organization or with their local government. All grant recipients must be able to receive grant funds via Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs).

Funding is for programs, projects, or activities not otherwise currently funded, and cannot be used to substitute for existing funds. Funding is not available for entertainment, food and beverages, or purchase of equipment (including computers, printers, PDAs, landscaping or construction tools and machinery). The Mississippi Forestry Commission reserves the right to reject any and all proposals or to approve partial funding for any and all proposals.

Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to;
- Trail design, construction or maintenance
- Property acquisition and related costs
- Beautification projects
- Tree removal and maintenance
- Construction projects
- Equipment purchases
- Projects that will take place on private property (land not open to the public)

Pre-Application Information:

All applications submitted must be postmarked by August 15, 2021. Recipients will be notified by mail of project and funding approval in September 2021.

Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program funds may not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost and shall be provided on a matching basis with non-federal funds. These non-federal funds cannot be used as a match for any other Federal cost-share project. The match may include in-kind contributions, volunteer assistance, and private and public (non-Federal) monetary contributions. All matching funds must be specifically related to the proposed project.

In-Kind Contributions include: on-hand supplies, third party donations of supplies or equipment, and the value of time (including fringe benefits) and equipment spent by the Grantee’s employees or volunteers on eligible project activities. Rates for volunteers performing tasks in their normal line of work are calculated at their current job rate. Assistance provided by Federal or Mississippi Forestry Commission employees may not be claimed as part of the local match.

Contact Information:

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

Full applications will be accepted through email, mbooth@mfc.ms.gov Subject: “U&CF 2021 Grant Application”.

Applications submitted via paper mail, courier, or delivery service will also be accepted and should be sent to:

Mississippi Forestry Commission
Attn: Misty Booth, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator
660 North Street, Suite 300
Jackson, Mississippi 39202

For assistance in determining if your project is eligible, please call the Mississippi Forestry Commission at (601) 213-6683.

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