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Community Challenge Grant (CCG) Program

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and
Educational Institutions to Improve Local Forests

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Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) - Urban and Community Forestry

Deadline Date:

10/20/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Arizona nonprofit organizations, local units of government, public educational institutions, and tribal governments for projects that improve local forests. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. This grant program focuses on activities to encourage and promote citizen involvement in supporting long-term and sustainable urban and community forestry programs at the local level.

Community Challenge Grants are intended for promoting and enhancing the quality of Arizona’s urban and community forests. The program aims to fund projects that might not otherwise be funded through existing budgets, and research project funding is intended as “seed-grants” because of the limited funding available. All proposed projects should be designed to improve the long-term health and care of the urban forest, or initiate new urban forestry projects in Arizona communities.

In order to be eligible, all proposals must meet at least one of the State’s strategic goals for urban and community forestry outlined in the Arizona Forest Action Plan.

  1. People and communities receive maximum benefits from forests and trees.
  2. Resilient and diverse forest ecosystem structures, processes, and functions.
  3. Increased resilience of forest ecosystems to climate change.
  4. Broad public understanding of climate change science – Arizona’s variable climate and current and future impacts on Arizona’s forest systems.
  5. Improved communication between cultural groups about varying perspectives and beliefs related to forests, trees, and other natural resources.

In evaluating grant proposals, consideration will be given to projects that:

  • Improve understanding of the benefits of protecting, maintaining, and preserving tree cover.
  • Promote volunteerism, multi-cultural awareness, and involvement of nonprofit organizations, agencies, and the private sector in implementing urban and community forestry programs.
  • Increase the number of communities assisted through technology transfer, training, and education in tree care or urban natural resource management.
  • Increase the number of partnerships and cooperators in urban and community forestry activities through technical, financial, and in-kind support.
  • Increase the number of communities given technical, financial, or other forms of urban and community forestry assistance (i.e. tree inventories, tree board establishment, ordinance development, management plans, or infrastructure).
  • Enhance the technical skills of individuals involved in the planning, developing, and maintaining urban and community forestry programs.
  • Expand existing research intended to improve understanding of southwestern (a) tree growth and maintenance, tree physiology and morphology, and species adaptations; and (b) the role of urban trees in conserving energy and mitigating the urban heat island. 

Each grant recipient will be required to participate in the annual Grantee Showcase during the year their grant is active. The Grantee Showcase typically takes place in Prescott every year in September or October. Travel costs associated with attendance and participation in the Grantee Showcase are an eligible budget item (either reimbursable or used as a match toward the grant).

This year's grant theme is Planning for Trees. Proposals should fall under one or more of seven (7) project categories: information and education, planning, community and natural resources management, maintenance, demonstration projects, climate change resiliency, and assessment. For examples of eligible projects, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 176266

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Maximum: $50,000.00
- Award Minimum: $10,000.00
- Typical Granting Range: $20,000.00 – $50,000.00

Term of Contract:

All projects selected for funding should be completed within one year.
- Project Timeframe: December 1, 2021 – March 31, 2023
- Projects Closed: (Final Reports and Reimbursement Requests Due) April 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Units of local government (counties, municipalities, cities, towns, and townships)
- Tribal governments
- Non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 status
- Public educational institutions

Grant limitations:

Previously funded projects and ongoing projects are not eligible. If the proposed project is a second phase or component to a previously funded project, you may apply for Community Challenge Grant funds. Matching funds for another grant project cannot be used.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are due by 11:59 pm on October 20, 2021.
Award Notification: After Monday, November 15, 2021

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: 50% (1:1) cost-share from non-federal source

All sub-recipients of federal funding are required to provide a DUNS number to DFFM and to register in the Federal System for Award Management (SAM) prior to receiving an award. There is no cost for these registrations, but they must be maintained along with all related information through the full term of the agreement.
- DUNS #. A Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number is a nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities. A DUNS number may be obtained at no charge from D&B by telephone (currently 1.866.705.5711) or the Internet (
- SAM Registration. Registration within the System for Award Management (SAM) is required to receive grant funds. In order to register, you must have your DUNS #, Employer Identification Number (EIN), and bank routing number. Registration access:

Funds are only given out as the project is worked on and monies spent (reimbursement-based grant).

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Cori Dolan
Department of Forestry and Fire Management
Program Manager Urban and Community Forestry, Forest Health, and Invasive Plants
1110 West Washington, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 520-262-5519

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