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Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Grant

Grants to Delaware Nonprofits, Municipalities, and Homeowner
Associations for Tree Management Projects

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Delaware Forest Service (DFS)

Conf. Date:

02/26/21

Deadline Date:

03/05/21 4:30 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Delaware nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and homeowner associations for tree management and planting projects. Interested applicants must meet with staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support projects for the planting or management of trees, including professional tree inventory, hazardous tree removal, and pruning, that take place on public land within the State.

Objectives of this grant program include:

  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 improve storm water management
  5. To improve air quality through urban forest management practices 

Eligible Projects:

Grant funds can help communities develop an effective urban and community forestry program through the following types of projects:

  • Tree planting (urban forest buffers, street trees and open space plantings).
  • Tree management (pruning, hazardous tree removal or professionally developed tree inventories).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179082

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests must be a minimum of $500 not to exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant cycle is October 1, 2020 to November 5, 2021. Projects and close out documents not completed by the applicant and received by the DelawareForest Service before November 5, 2021 will result in loss of grant award and reallocation of funds.

Note that tree plantings should not occur during June-August.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grants are open to municipalities, homeowner associations, and certified 501(c)(3) non-profits in the State of Delaware.

Priority will be given to first time applicants, Tree City municipalities, Tree Friendly communities (HOA’s) and applicants that have implemented an Urban Tree Canopy Goal Resolution (municipalities).

Eligible projects must be performed on public lands within the community. Public lands are lands owned by state, county, or local governments along with lands 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.
* Please refer to community development plans to note if a tree planting project falls within a right-ofway. If so, please contact the proper authority to receive approval before submitting the application.

Applicants must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN number) – no payment will be made to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to submit application online is March 5, 2021 by 4:30 p.m.

All applicants are required to set up a site visit with Urban and Community Forestry Program (U&CF) staff, council or partners before submitting the application. Site visits must be scheduled a minimum of a week in advance. Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Site visits must be requested no later than February 19 and all visits completed by February 26.

Grant recipients will receive a letter of congratulations and procedural guidelines by April 2, 2021.

Trees from the Delaware Forest Service’s Recommended Trees List (see link below) are strongly recommended if you are applying for a tree planting grant.

Each U&CF project must have 100% match.

The urban and community forestry grant is a reimbursement grant.

Applications for hazard tree removal must have tree(s) evaluated by a certified arborist and deemed hazardous to qualify for funds. Any tree removed must be replaced by the applicant at their own expense. The replaced tree must be shown prior to reimbursement of grant award.

Applicants may submit no more than one (1) project for the 2021 grant cycle (one planting or one management grant application may be submitted).

Recommended trees: https://delawaretrees.com/publications/recommended-trees/

Contact Information:

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

Online application: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/5bc5033268d248f4b8a1d9a48ef62d1c

Any questions should be directed to:

Kesha Braunskill
Urban Forestry Coordinator
Delaware Forest Service
Office (302) 698-4578
Kesha.Braunskill@delaware.gov

Taryn Davidson
Urban Forester
Delaware Forest Service
Office (302) 659-6704
Taryn.Davidson@delaware.gov

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