Delaware Forest Service (DFS)
03/01/19 4:30 PM Receipt
Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Delaware nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and community associations for urban forestry projects. Applicants must schedule a site visit prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for projects in one of two categories: tree inventory management and tree planting. Eligible projects must be performed on public lands within the community. Priority is given to first time applicants, tree-friendly communities, and applicants that have passed an Urban Tree Canopy Goal Resolution (only applies to Municipalities).
Grant Program Objectives:
1. Increase urban tree canopy throughout Delaware by promoting quality tree planting and management projects.
2. To diversify, enhance, and promote the proper stewardship of Delaware’s urban forest resources.
3. To encourage sustainable urban and community forestry programs throughout Delaware.
4. Promote green infrastructure that will help with storm water management
5. To reduce poor air quality through urban forest management practices.
Project evaluation criteria include:
- Addresses proper storm water management practices, forested buffers
- Helps develop sustainable urban and community forestry programs
- Enhances and promotes proper stewardship (protecting, pruning, watering)
- Helps sustain or maintain urban tree canopy
- Promotes tree management planning or proper tree care
- Creation of tree inventory
- Trees for afforesting open community spaces
- “Right tree, right place” (site appropriate species consideration)
GrantWatch ID#: 179082
Grants range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5,000.
Urban and Community Forestry grants are not intended to provide ongoing funding.
Match must take place during grant cycle: October 1, 2018 to November 16, 2019.
Tree planting projects must include a 5-year plan for how the tree(s) will be managed and cared for, including protection, watering, and mulching in accordance with the U.S. Forest Service’s Tree Owner’s Manual.
The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program’s competitive grants are open to all municipalities, community associations, and certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations within the State of Delaware.
Eligible projects must be performed on public lands within the community. By definition, public lands are those lands that are owned by the state, county and local governments along with lands that are classified as public open space within Homeowners Associations (HOA’s), Maintenance Corporations (MC’s), etc. Public lands include parks, green-ways, recreation areas, and public rights-of-way* or easements.
Applicants must have an Employer Identification Number (EI number) – no payment will be made to individuals.
*Please refer to community development plans to note if tree planting projects fall within a right-of-way. If so, please contact the proper authority to receive approval for tree planting before submitting this application. Failure to do so may result in application not being ranked and disqualified.
If they do not already have one, municipal governments will be required to pass a resolution for an urban tree canopy goal by project completion and before reimbursement(s) will be made.
This year’s application deadline is March 1st, by 4:30 PM.
Applicants must schedule a site visit with the Delaware Forest Service and apply for the grant using the new online application form. Please contact Kesha Braunskill or Michael Martini (see details below) to schedule the visit. Site visits must be scheduled a minimum of a week in advance. No site visits will be done after February 22, 2019. Appointments will be made on a first come first serve basis. Final day to make appointment is February 15, 2019.
The applicant must state how it will match grant funds in cash or in-kind (volunteer hours). Each U&CF project must have 100% match in either cash or in-kind of the total project cost. Matching funds must not include either federal funds or assistance provided by the Delaware Forest Service. In-kind examples that can be used are: planting of the trees, watering of the trees, meetings about project.
Grants recipients will receive a letter of congratulations and procedural guidelines by April 2, 2019.
Applications are limited to one project in one project category.
This is a reimbursement grant. Reimbursement will occur after project completion and proof of paid invoices and matching funds are provided.
More information about Tree Friendly Communities may be found here:
More information about Recommended Trees may be found here:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://goo.gl/4wQYJZ
All questions concerning the grant applications process should be directed to:
Kesha Braunskill, Urban Forestry Coordinator
Delaware Forest Service
Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program
2320 S. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901