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Tree City USA Tree Planting Grant

Grants to Designated Washington Communities
for Projects that Enhance Urban Forests

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Washington State Department of Natural Resources, with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service

Deadline Date:

12/18/15 4:00 PM PDT


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Grants of up to $7,500 and technical assistance to specially designated Washington communities, including IHEs, nonprofits, and tribal governments in partnership with eligible communities, for urban forestry tree planting activities. Funds will be provided for demonstration projects, replacing trees lost due to natural circumstances, strategic enhancement of urban forests, and new planting.

Specifically, the program provides financial and technical assistance to plan, protect, establish, and manage trees, forests, and related resources. The outcome is to restore and sustain the health and quality of the natural and human environments in urban areas.

Washington State grants are awarded through this program to encourage community involvement in creating and supporting long-term and sustainable urban and community forestry programs at the local level.

Proposals for the Tree Planting Grant should be based on an overall vision of enhancing community canopy coverage, sustaining and enhancing the community as a livable place, and developing an extensive, thriving urban forest that provides multiple aesthetic, social, ecological, and environmental benefits.

Applicants’ proposed projects must fit into one of the following four categories:

1. Demonstration projects: These projects must have a public education component; interpretive signage is highly desirable. Examples include but are not limited to: development of arboretums or public orchards, innovative street tree installations, tree planting for stormwater management, etc.

2. Replacing trees lost to natural events: Natural events must have occurred within three years prior to the due date of this grant and may include storms, floods, fires, earthquakes, or landslides, etc., where the scope and severity of tree loss could not have been prevented. Applicants should describe the details of the event and trees that were lost.

3. Strategic enhancement of urban forests: Applicants’ must demonstrate that locations and/or species proposed for new plantings have been strategically determined based on results from a tree inventory, canopy cover analysis, or other resource assessment.

4. New planting for collective impact: These projects are new plantings that are highly visible and make a collective impact due to the location(s), scale, context, co-benefits, or other unique features.

Preference will be given to tree planting projects that:

- Increase community tree canopy coverage with an emphasis on planting of large-maturing trees in planting locations that can reasonably accommodate trees’ mature sizes
- Engage volunteers and/or partner organizations, especially to involve youth in urban forestry
- Include a public education component
- Provide multiple environmental benefits with an emphasis on stormwater management and water quality improvement
- Demonstrate a commitment to, and capacity for on-going maintenance of planted trees
- Are highly visible and positively impact the community due to location, scale, context, or co-benefits, and/or by virtue of the applicants’ abilities to promote the project, stimulate community participation, or leverage partnerships.

All trees planted with DNR grant funding:

- Must be planted in accordance with ISA Best Practices for Tree Planting and follow the applicant’s three-year maintenance plan and reporting schedule.
- Must be planted on public property.
- Must be between 1.5” and 2.5” in caliper at the time of planting.
- Must be inspected by an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist to ensure that:
1. Nursery stock trees adhere to the most current standards outlined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z.60 Standards for Nursery Stock.
2. Trees are properly field located and properly planted in accordance with the ISA Best Practices for Tree Planting -

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163981

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests must be a minimum of $3,000 and may not exceed $7,500.

Term of Contract:

April 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017

Final Report & Request for Reimbursement: No later than June 30, 2017.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Tree City USA Tree Planting Grants are available only to Tree City USA communities or those communities that can demonstrate they will become a Tree City within the current year.

- Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, or tribal governments may apply in partnership with TCUSA communities.

- Community tree volunteer groups and neighborhood associations, while not directly eligible to apply, are encouraged to develop projects in conjunction with an eligible entity.

Pre-Application Information:

Matching funds are at least 50% of the grant share.

Contact Information:

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

Linden Lampman
Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager

Micki McNaughton
Urban and Community Forestry Program Special Project Coordinator

Ben Thompson
Urban Forestry Specialist

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