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Community Forestry Partnership Grant Program

Grants to Utah Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational
Institutions for Tree Planting and Urban Forestry

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Utah Division of Natural Resources (DNR) - Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

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08/22/18 Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 to Utah nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for urban forestry projects. Applicants must obtain the approval of their local forester no later than August 15. Funding is available for tree planting and maintenance projects.

Program Goals:

To encourage the planting and maintenance of trees within municipalities and unincorporated communities (65A-8-105) and to meet the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands State Assessment Strategies for U&CF. Project proposals will be prioritized for how well they meet the following objectives:

1. Promote urban forestry planning and tree management plans.
2. Connect urban forestry benefits to diverse environmental issues.
3. Cultivate an appreciation and understanding for the social, economic, environmental and aesthetic values of trees, forests and related resources in cities and towns.
4. Develop and encourage the profession of urban forestry through technology transfer, education and training.
5. Seek support from all levels of government and citizens for Urban and Community Forestry Programs.

Additionally, priority will go to projects that move a city from the “developing” stage of their urban forestry program to the “managing” stage. The USDA Forest Service defines a “managing” forestry community as having all four of the following benchmarks (“developing” communities will have at least one component):

1. Tree Ordinance
2. Professional Forestry/Arboriculture Staff
3. Tree Board/Commission
4. Tree Management Plan based on inventory data

The grant program is designed to support a specific project or initiative. Be sure the activities outlined in the grant application fit within the overarching “Problem Statement”.

Categories of Funding:

1. Community Forestry Development (CD)

Grant requests in this category should include projects that aim to promote and enhance urban forestry programs within a community. The intention is to elevate tree care efforts and professionalism as well as develop strategic methods to better manage community forests. Grant requests in this category will be considered “top priorities”. Underrepresented and underserved populations and communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Examples (requests not limited to these topics):

Tree Inventory – Hire a consultant, train an in-house crew, or develop a volunteer program to conduct or update an inventory of street, park and/or other public trees. An inventory is a critical tool in city tree management and the first step in outlining an overall Tree Management Plan. Full or partial inventories can include: Tree location, species, size, condition, maintenance needs, and hazard potential.

Tree Management Plans – Devote time and resources into the development of a citywide tree management plan. Seek professional or in-house assistance. Outline the goals and objectives of your forestry program and current status. Identify tree related issues that need to change and grow with the community. This shows a commitment to strategic urban forest planning. Future grants based on a Tree Management Plan will be given priority and ALL tree planting grant requests MUST be tied to a management plan.

Public Tree Ordinance – Hire a consultant to update an outdated municipal tree ordinance so it better reflects the current needs of the community. Address matters such as establishing municipal authority over public trees, setting standards for tree planting, maintenance and management, and outlining enforcement. Review by City Council, lawyer, or citizen panel may be required before a tree ordinance can be adopted.

Training and Continuing Education – Provide urban forestry related training and educational opportunities for tree board members, local officials, city personnel, and tree workers. Grants may be used to purchase training videos, publications and reference materials. Training and testing for staff member to a become Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), or attendance at other workshops may also be funded. (Upcoming urban forestry workshops and training sessions hosted by Utah Community Forestry Council, Utah Chapter – ISA and USU Extension can be found on their respective websites). Staff salary cannot be covered under the grant but may be used as in-kind match.

Hazard Tree Removal and Pruning – Many of the trees along the streets and in city parks in Utah have reached their biological maturity or have developed large rot cavities, been damaged by lightning, or are otherwise a liability in the community. The Community Forestry Grant will help offset the cost of the removal/stump grinding or pruning of these dangerous trees and to help reduce the risk to citizens and property. Priority will be given to maintenance identified in a Tree Management Plan.

Public Education – Develop or purchase educational materials as part of a public awareness campaign to increase the understanding of urban tree values and benefits of good tree care. Grants may be used to develop or purchase newsletters, brochures, videos, slide programs, and web pages that advocate urban trees and sustained management of community forests.

Demonstration Planting - Plant trees for educational outreach purposes or demonstrate the use of trees to achieve specific outcomes. Examples include planting trees for energy conservation, wastewater treatment and impervious surface water collection sites, wildlife habitat areas, stream bank soil stabilization and water shading, arboretum demonstration, low water use landscape tree demonstrations, overhead utility line compatibility, social and psychological benefits, etc. Demonstration site tree planting projects must be accompanied by a public education campaign that highlights intent of tree planting efforts. Partnerships are key in this category.

Urban Tree Wood Products and Biomass Recycling – Develop a new program for utilizing urban wood waste from removals and pruning. Encouraging secondary uses for wood derived from urban trees for forest products, soil amendments/mulches, energy, feedstock, etc.

(Invasive tree removal projects may seek exemption.)

Green Infrastructure – Many cities and counties are adopting green infrastructure plans that outline how “green infrastructure” works in relation to the “gray infrastructure” to solve environmental, social and economic goals in communities. Potential projects might involve planting trees as part of bike/walking path development, historic landscapes, business district planting, conversion of impervious surface, erosion control, etc.

Invasive Species Control – Invasive trees such as Russian olive and tamarisk can jeopardize urban streams and native species. Controlling such invasives could require physical removal, hauling downed material, chemically treating stumps and replanting.

Mulching – Adequate mulch rings around trees in park lawns are critical to the trees protection. Without a buffer trees are subject to mechanical injury and compete for water and nutrients with surrounding turf.

Requirements for the Society of Municipal Arborist Accreditation and other Community Forestry Program Development grant proposals not outlined in the examples above will be considered as long as the purpose and relevance is explained clearly.

2. Tree Planting Projects (TP)

The purpose of this program is to provide funding to communities for tree planting in public areas and encourage lasting urban forestry programs across the state of Utah. Examples of possible projects are tree planting in parks, school gardens, playgrounds, and along public roads. Applications require a detailed planting plan including the tree species that will be used, sizes to be planted and a site map showing the location of plantings. All tree planting proposals must include a detailed three-year maintenance plan with names of responsible parties for the maintenance.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174198

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Forestry Grant requests have a minimum grant of $1,000 and a maximum of $8,000.

NOTE: Applicants may submit projects in both the Community Forestry Program Development category and the Tree Planting category; however, the combined request may not exceed the $8,000 maximum grant allotment and collectively achieve the desired goals and outcomes.

Term of Contract:

If an applicant cannot complete the proposed project within the given timeframe, the applicant must notify the grant administrator and forfeit funding or request an extension before the final report deadline. Written request to extend or forfeit grant dollars must be received by the grant administrator no later than May 22, 2019. If proper notification is in place, projects will not suffer the penalty of an unexcused default.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants include State agencies, counties, Tree City USA Communities, nonprofit 501(c)(3) groups, educational institutions, and tribal governments. Volunteer groups, neighborhood associations, and civic groups may work in conjunction with and through one of the above. Only cities and towns that have achieved Tree City USA status will be considered.

Ineligible and Low Priority Applications:
1. Communities that have not achieved Tree City USA recognition do not qualify for this grant.
2. Applicants who received an “unexcused default” for their 2017-2018 Partnership Grant.
3. Applicants who received a Community Forestry Partnership Grant in 2017-2018 fiscal year may not request funding for the same project. Example: If your community had a grant to plant trees in City Park, you would not be eligible for another grant to plant more trees in City Park this year.
4. Communities or organizations that have received consecutive grants in the past will have a lower priority than first time grant recipients.

Ineligible Expenses for Grant Reimbursement
-Food, drinks and refreshments for meetings, volunteers, etc. (may be used as match)
-Costs associated with preparing the grant application (may NOT be used as match)
-Expenses not supported by proper documentation (may NOT be used as match)
-Nursery structures or equipment (may be used as match)
-Play structures or playground equipment (may NOT be used as match)
-Tools, e.g. chainsaws, shovels, gloves (may be used as match)
-Computers, including irrigation computers, handheld devises, printers and office equipment (may be used as match)
-In-kind and overhead (may be used as match)
-Items not directly pertaining to the approved forestry project. (may NOT be used as match.)

Pre-Application Information:

Grant monies awarded under this program are in the form of reimbursement grants and will be paid only upon completion of granted projects, and submission of a final report. Funds will be available to communities and organizations on a competitive basis in a 1:1 cost share match program. Successful applicants must provide a local match equal to or greater than the grant award. Only activities completed after the grant has been awarded will be considered “match”. Grant dollars may not be used for projects that have already been accomplished.

All applications must be signed off by a Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands Forester prior to submission to the Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator. Area forester contact list is included as Appendix 1 of the guidelines. A letter of support from the area forester may replace the signature only if a personal visit is unattainable.

-Deadline for Area Forester Signature Wednesday, August 15, 2018
-Application Deadline (postmarked) Wednesday, August 22, 2018
-Final Report Deadline (postmarked) Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Jeran Farley

Community Forestry Partnership Grant
Attn: Jeran Farley
Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands
1594 W. North Temple, Suite 3520
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Utah