Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee (MUCFC) Grants Program
Grants to Maryland Organizations, Schools, and Groups
for Urban Tree Planting and Forestry Education
for Urban Tree Planting and Forestry Education
Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee (MUCFC)
09/15/17 4:30 PM Postmarked or Received
Grants of up to $1,500 to Maryland service organizations, schools, volunteer groups, and homeowner organizations for tree planting and forestry education projects. Eligible projects will be located on public lands in cities, towns, metropolitan areas, and parks. Preference will be given to projects that expand the urban tree canopy.
For Tree Planting Projects:
1) Project can be completed on school grounds or other public land.
2) Include a simple site plan, project design, and/or photo of the proposed planting site.
3) If permits are required, describe the status of permits, review process etc.
4) List plants (and their sizes) to be used in the planting project. Use of native, larger growing shade trees is preferred. MUCFC will not fund planting of invasive species.
5) Attach a plan that describes how the project will be maintained (i.e.,watering, weeding, mulching, long term maintenance)
6) Price range for plant material should be appropriate for size. Smaller plants cost less, are easily handled and have a higher survival rate than larger B&B plants. Occasionally, larger plants are necessary, however. When possible, purchase plants from the state facilities.
For Educational / Printing Projects:
1) Project must raise public awareness of the benefits of trees in the urban environment.
2) Project should provide links to organizations that can provide additional information or assistance.
3) Attach a sample of the images and/or draft of text for printing and signage requests.
4) Explain how the project or material will fulfill an unmet need for information
5) Describe your audience, and how you plan to distribute the publication to your audience.
6) Name partners who can assist you in furthering your project.
7) Will the completed project be printed in a newsletter or placed on a website? If so, include a copy of the newsletter or URL in report.
8) Include the statement: Maryland Urban & Community Forestry Committee (MUCFC) funded the printing of this publication on any printed material funded by MUCFC. Display this statement prominently on the publication.
9) Include the MUCFC logo on any signage funded by MUCFC. Contact program staff for a camera-ready digital file of logo.
Urban Forestry: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an urban area is a place with a population of at least 2,500 people. This definition encompasses a wide range of communities, including most of the cities and towns in Maryland. Forestry refers to individual parks, yards and street trees, as well as forest fragments such as wooded parkland, unimproved lots and naturally regenerating areas.
Urban Forests are generally, though not exclusively, thought of as providing economical, ecological and social services like recreation, aesthetics, wildlife habitat, stormwater management, carbon storage and interception of airborne pollutants. This is in addition to the traditional view of forests as primarily providing goods like lumber, pulpwood or firewood.
Urban Forest: the ecosystem that consists of trees and other vegetation including shrubs, vines and groundcovers that grow individually, in small groups or under forest conditions on public and private lands in our cities, their suburbs and towns. The urban forest not only provides shade for us and habitat for wildlife, it helps to clean our air and water. Streets, sidewalks, buildings, utilities, and most importantly, people are an integral part of the urban forest.
Urban Tree Canopy: when viewed from above, the leaves and branches of trees that cover the ground. This serves as an overall indicator of urban forest quality and quantity
Public Land: land paid for and supported by public tax dollars – can include homeowner association, city, town, county, state or federal land.
The maximum grant awarded per project is $1,500.
Grants are made to community groups. Projects may be organized via schools, service organizations, homeowner organizations or other volunteer-based groups.
All grants will be awarded to organizations rather than to individual citizens.
All funded projects must take place on public lands and not on an individual’s private property.
Projects with matching funds and/or in-kind support will be given priority.
Grants are due to Grants Chair, with forestry board member original signature, by 4:30 PM on February, June, or September 15 and reviewed shortly thereafter.
All funded projects (and applications) must be approved by MUCFC (and signed by your county Forestry Board by the application deadline) before the actual project begins.
For tree planting projects, grantees can purchase seedlings from the state tree nursery at: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/nursery/
Container grown trees can be purchased from Tree-Mendous MD Program at: http://www.dnr.md.gov/forests/treemendous/ordertrees.asp
Prices are typically $18-$50 dollars for trees and shrubs.
Following project completion, applicants must register planted trees on-line with the Marylanders Plant Trees Program at: http://trees.maryland.gov/register-your-tree/
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you have any questions about the program please contact:
Wanda MacLachlan, MUCFC Grants Chair
University of Maryland Extension
11975 Homewood Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
MD DNR Forest Service
Tawes State Office Building E-1
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
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