Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD)
Grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 to Wyoming organizations and communities for projects to improve community forests. Funding may be used for program development, education, or large-scale planting projects. These grants are not intended to replace existing funds, but rather to increase programming in local communities.
Funding is for Program Development and Educational projects. Some examples of projects include community tree care workshops, publication of brochures on recommended trees or proper tree care, interpretive signs for an arboretum, tree inventories and community forestry management plans, development of training materials, web page development and media projects, community forestry interns, etc.
Funding is for large scale tree planting projects. Funding for the grant program is from federal funds provided by the National Urban and Community Forestry program. The grants are intended to assist local communities, non-profit groups, conservation organizations, and others to improve the quality of the state’s urban and community forests. The grant program is for projects not currently being funded, and is not intended to substitute for existing funding levels.
Land Ownership - All tree planting grant funded projects must be on nonfederal publicly owned property. Some examples are community gateways, greenways, urban riparian areas, and along streets on public right-of-ways. (Be cautious of utilities and widening of streets in the last example).
Maintenance - You will be required to provide extra care and maintenance for a minimum of 5 years to ensure proper establishment of the trees. Watering, mulching, monitoring for insect and disease problems and protection from wildlife damage and lawn equipment damage are necessary to insure a successful planting. This includes keeping an area around the base of the tree free of competing grass and weeds. List on the application who or what agency will be responsible for at least five years of project maintenance.
Trees - Trees purchased and used under this matching grant must have a shape and be a minimum of 1 1⁄2 inches in caliper (evergreens must be a minimum of 4 feet in height). While grant funds must be used for single stem trees, a portion of the local match may be used for shrubs. Only high quality nursery stock should be used and trees purchased must meet the specifications of the ANSI Z60.1-2014 American Standard for Nursery Stock.
Planting - All trees must be planted in accordance with proper modern tree planting techniques. Proper irrigation and mulching is critical to insure good health and survival of new plantings. When selecting your planting areas consider the type of soil in relation to the tree’s growing requirements. Proper planting and maintenance specifications will be provided to applicants that receive funding. All trees must be mulched in order to ensure healthy root growth and to protect the new trees from mower and weed trimmer damage. The mulch layer should consist of wood chips or similar material. The mulch should be between 2 and 4 inches deep and extend to at least a 3 foot diameter around the base of the tree.
Evaluation Criteria includes:
- How the project will have a positive environmental or economic impact on the community
- How the project improves the overall condition of the community forest
- Potential to inspire an increased level of community forest management
- Involvement of the community in the development or implementation of the project
- Development of partnerships or the leveraging of funds
- Feasibility of project budget for proposed activities
- How well the applicant has completed and maintained previous grant projects
Additional Tree Planting evaluation criteria:
- Appropriateness of the site conditions for tree planting
- New and innovative planting projects that increase public awareness of community trees
Preference may be given to:
- Applicants who have received limited past community forestry grant funding
- Projects in communities that are currently Tree City USA certified
- Projects in communities that have a local tree board or similar organization
Volunteers - The use of volunteers, both individual citizens and organizations, is an important part of the Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) program. In order to qualify for education and program development funds or tree planting funds, you MUST have volunteers involved in some aspect of the project. Some examples are: tree boards, civic organizations, Scout troops, 4-H and FFA, Master Gardeners, student organizations, garden clubs, non-profit groups, etc.
GrantWatch ID#: 177203
The minimum request that can be considered is $3,000. The maximum request is $10,000 per project.
Program Development: All funded projects must be completed by October 10, 2019.
Tree Planting: All projects must be completed and the Request for Payment form MUST be received by October 10, 2019.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Return completed application to:
Wyoming State Forestry Division
5500 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Mark Hughes, Wyoming State Forestry Division