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Improving Community Forests Through Citizen Engagement Grant

Granats to Minnesota Government Agencies and NGOs
to Expand Volunteer Forestry Management Programs

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

02/08/16 Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 to Minnesota municipal and County governments, parks and recreation boards, and non-government organizations to engage local communities in forest management activities. The purpose of this grant is to help communities expand their volunteer base.

Grantees will be provided technical and educational support to mobilize a citizen volunteer program that will protect, improve, and maintain their community forest.

Eligible Activities:

-Recruiting and training citizen volunteers.
-Updating or developing tree inventories or surveys, both private and public trees.
-Developing a citywide urban forestry plan.
-Creating and maintaining tree gravel beds.
-Planting, watering, and pruning new public trees.
-Conducting early detection of tree pests, both private and public trees.

Eligible Expenses:
-Professional contracts for technical assistance, project administration, or implementation.
-Equipment purchases under $5,000 that are used to complete project.
-Software purchase.
-Equipment rental.
-Purchase of trees.
-Site preparation and planting (including mulch, watering bags, staking materials, and tree wrap or guards).
-Maintenance of newly planted trees.
-Materials for constructing Community Tree Gravel Beds.
-Production of materials used to enlist citizen involvement or educate developers, builders, residents, and community decision makers about urban and community forest resources.
-Education and outreach programs and materials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166816

Number of Grants:

8 - 12

Estimated Size of Grant:

$30,000 - $50,000

Term of Contract:

The project implementation period is March 2016 - April 2018. Final reports must be submitted by Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
-Political subdivisions of Minnesota such as cities, towns, or counties
-Park and Recreation Boards
-Non-government organizations

Not Funded:
-Project personnel time of public employees.
-Equipment purchase over $5,000.
-Purchase of plants other than trees such as shrubs, living ground covers, sod grass seed, and flowers.
-Purchase of land or easement.
-Experimental practices not approved by the DNR Project Technical Team.
-Major soil and grade changes or construction.
-Pheromone trapping.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be signed by authorized personnel.

Certify mail original application and two copies to:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Attn: Jennifer Teegarden
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4044

Applications hand-delivered or sent by fax or email will not be accepted. Applications must be postmarked on or before Monday, February 8, 2016. Applications postmarked after Monday, February 8, 2016, will not be considered.

Grantees must provide a match of not less than 25 percent, of which half can be in-kind support.

Contact Information:

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

Jennifer Teegarden, DNR U&CF Program

Ken Holman, DNR Project Lead

(651) 296-6157
(888) 646-6367
TTY: (651) 296-5484 or (800) 657-3929

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USA: Minnesota

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