Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD)
Grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 to Wyoming nonprofit organizations, local communities, and conservation organizations for local tree planting projects. The purpose of this program is to enhance the quality of community and urban forests throughout the state.
Some evaluation criteria include:
-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 for the project to inspire additional tree planting in the community
-Involvement of the community in the development or implementation of the project
-Development of partnerships or the leveraging of funds
-Demonstration of commitment to long term maintenance
-Feasibility of project budget for proposed activities
-Appropriateness of the site conditions for tree planting
-How well the applicant has completed and maintained previous grant projects
-New and innovative planting projects that increase public awareness of community trees
Preference may be given to:
-Applicants who have not recently received a Community Forestry grant
-Projects in communities that are currently Tree City USA certified
-Projects in communities that have a local tree board or similar organization
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.
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.
GrantWatch ID#: 177204
This year the minimum that can be requested is $3,000 and the maximum request is $10,000.
All projects must be completed by October 10, 2018.
Grants are intended to assist local communities, nonprofit groups, conservation organizations, and others.
The grant program is for projects not currently being funded, and is not intended to substitute for existing funding levels.
This is a 50/50 cost-share grant. Grant funds must be matched equally, or exceeded, with non-federal cash funds. For example, if you are requesting $3,000, you must match the $3,000 grant request with at least $3,000 in local cash funds, for a total project expenditure of $6,000.
A successful grant recipient must utilize both the funds requested as well as the local match shown on the application in order to receive U&CF grant funds. Requests for payments less than the amount applied for will not be accepted.
Local matching funds for the tree planting grants category must be a cash match. Plan your project funding carefully.
Complete applications must be received by Wyoming State Forestry Division by the February 16, 2018 deadline.
Early receipt of application by Wyoming State Forestry Division allows time to review for accuracy and time for corrections if necessary.
Applicants will be notified of funding status in late February.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Mark Hughes, Wyoming State Forestry Division
Return completed application to:
Wyoming State Forestry Division
5500 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82002