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Community Forestry Assistance (CFA) Program

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and
Agencies for Environmental Projects Related to Trees and Forestry

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Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

12/10/20 4:00 PM PDT


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, agencies, special taxing districts, and Tribal governments for sustainable projects related to trees and forestry. For tree inventory projects, applicants should contact the Funding Source prior to submitting an application. The objective of this RFA is to assist communities to develop urban forest planning and programming tools and activities that may not otherwise receive local funding.

The Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program works to educate citizens and decision-makers about the economic, environmental, psychological, and aesthetic benefits of trees and to assist local governments, citizen groups, and volunteers in planting and sustaining healthy trees and vegetation wherever people live and work in Washington State. 

The intent of this grant is to assist communities in planning and implementing projects that are within the scope of a community forest management plan. Eligible projects may include the following urban forestry activities that align with the intent and purpose of this grant:

  • Public tree inventories
    • Public inventories often include street and park trees. Tree risk assessments may also be incorporated.
  • Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessment
    • Conduct tree canopy assessments using aerial or satellite imagery
  • Urban Forest Management and Maintenance Plans
    • Develop a maintenance plan, management plan, strategic plan, etc. ( for trees and associated resources in the community, including open space and green infrastructure.
    • Management plans may also include:
    • Prioritized planting plans
    • Storm or fire response plans
    • Pest preparedness plans
    • Ordinance and policy development or revision
  • Tree planting on public property
  • Tree pruning
  • Other innovative projects, for example:
    • Analyze community forest resource data, including canopy assessments ( or resource inventories, to increase public understanding of the economic, social, environmental and psychological values of trees and open space in urban and community environments.
    • Develop a community tree specifications and standards manual. (
    • Tree planting to replace trees lost within the last three years as a result of natural events such as storms, floods, fires, earthquakes, or landslides.
    • Tree planting demonstration projects for the purpose of improving public understanding of the benefits of establishing and maintaining trees.
    • Establishment of a “food forest” ( or community orchard, (must include provisions for long-term care and maintenance)
    • Educational assistance to expand knowledge and enhance the technical skills of individuals involved in community tree care, planning, development, and maintenance activities such as planting and pruning.

Projects must be located on public property, or be open to public access. 

For examples of eligible costs, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 163979

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applications must be a minimum of $5,000 and may not exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance of any grant agreement resulting from this competitive grant is tentatively scheduled to begin on or about May 1, 2021 and end on April 30, 2023. The period of performance may be eligible for an extension at the discretion of the Application Coordinator.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be located in Washington State, and may be:
- City, town, and county governments
- Tribal governments
- 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations
- Public educational institutions
- Special taxing districts (examples: Hospital Districts, Conservation Districts, Public Parks Districts)

Individuals, volunteer groups, private businesses, and for-profit institutions are not eligible to apply but are encouraged to develop proposals in partnership with one of the eligible entities listed above

Eligible communities: All incorporated communities located in Washington State. In support of DNR’s Salmon Recovery efforts, priority will be given to those communities within Snohomish County and the Snohomish River watershed.

Grant funds may not be used to meet ordinary maintenance and operating expenses.

The following costs may not be used for grant funds, or to fulfill the match requirements, but can be identified and described to demonstrate project support as outlined in Section 3.3 – Project Proposal.
- Construction or fabrication activities
- Capital outlays including purchase of land
- Large equipment, power tools, and computer hardware

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: December 10, 2020 – by 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time, Olympia, Washington, USA.

Schedule Of Grant Activities:
- Date RFA Is Posted On Public Webpage: 09/25/20
- Deadline For DNR Receipt Of Applications: 12/10/20; 4:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
- Period Of Time When Applications Will Be Evaluated By DNR: January 2021
- Announce Grantee(s): 1/31/21
- Notify Unsuccesful Applicants (Via Email): 1/31/21
- Date Range DNR Expects Grant Agreements To Be Finalized: March – April 2021
- Date DNR Expects The Work To Begin: 5/1/21
- Date DNR Expects The Work To End: 4/30/22
- Final Date Grantees May Submit Final Report: 5/31/22

Applicants must contact the Application Coordinator (see Section 1.6) to discuss inventory projects before submitting an application.

If project location is on public property, Applicants must collaborate with local government officials.

Upon notification of award, grantees must attend at least one meeting with Application Coordinator to review expectations on grant administration and implementation. This is also an opportunity for grantees to ask questions and receive clarification where needed. The meeting may take place in-person, or online.

Funds will be disbursed to Grantees through reimbursement based upon the completion of activity(s) and task(s) outlined in the Scope of Work.

There is a requirement to provide 100% matching funds (1:1) for the grant amount requested in the application. Refer to Section 3.4 – Budget for more information about matching funds.

Contact Information:

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

Sumit applications to Ben Thompson, at

All communication with the Agency regarding this RFA shall be with the Application Coordinator, as follows:
Ben Thompson, Urban Forestry Program Manager, WA DNR
Email address:
Mailing Address:
1111 Washington Street SE
MS 47037
Olympia, WA 98504-7037
Phone: (360) 485-8651
Fax: (360) 902-1757

Funding or Pin Number:

DNR 21-07

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington

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