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2020 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:

08/15/20 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.

The U&CF Grant Program is intended to support new initiatives, programs, projects, staff positions, and activities not currently being funded through other sources or to expand existing programs that would not occur without grant funds.

Specific project examples in the following categories support the program’s objectives: 

  • Urban and Community Forestry Program Development
  • Urban and Community Forestry Program Improvement
  • Non-profit Program Development
  • Tree Planting Projects
  • Information, Education, and Training
  • Demonstration and Site-Specific Projects
  • Regional and Statewide Special Projects

More details can be found in the U&CF Grant Program Proposal Information Package here:

http://www.mfc.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020-Urban-Community-Forestry-Grant-Application.pdf#page=8

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163348

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests for funding cannot exceed $20,000. A maximum of 15% of the Federal funds awarded is allowable for plant material and tree planting.

Term of Contract:

All major activities listed must occur within the grant year, 10/01/20 – 9/30/21, 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, 2020. Recipients will be notified by mail of project and funding approval in September 2020.

Due to economic difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mississippi Forestry Commission is seeking to further assist communities in the state by waiving the requirement for local match for the 2020 Urban & Community Forestry Grant. While not required, proposals that include matching contributions from the local community (grantee) may potentially be more competitive for the awarding of funds.


The source of the match, cash and in-kind, must be identified and quantified in the application by enclosing letters of intended support. Funds expended prior to or after the date of the grant agreement cannot be used as match. Funds expended for entertainment, food and beverages, computers, or construction and landscape equipment cannot be used as match. Costs and third party in-kind contributions counting toward satisfying a matching requirement must be verifiable from subrecipient records. Documentation of all matching funds must be provided before reimbursement of the grant award will be issued.

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 2020 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 Forestry & Forest Health Coordinator
660 North Street, Suite 300
Jackson, Mississippi 39202

Tel.: 601-213-6683

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi

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