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Community Forestry Grant Program

Grants to North Dakota Agencies, Tribes, and School Districts
for Forestry Programming and Tree Planting on Public Property

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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North Dakota State University (NDSU) - North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS)

Deadline Date:

04/30/19 4:30 PM CST Receipt or Postmark


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Grants to North Dakota public agencies, including counties, cities, townships, school districts, park districts, and tribal equivalents, for forestry program development and to plant trees in communities throughout the state. Applicants are required to contact program staff prior to applying. The Fund offers three types of grants under this opportunity:
- Community Family Forest Grant
- America the Beautiful Tree Planting Grant
- America the Beautiful Program Development Grant

The purpose of the Community Family Forest grant is to honor families in the state by planting trees in North Dakota communities and strengthening the tradition of annual tree planting.

Eligible expenses for grant projects include site preparation, tree removals, cost of trees, mulch, stakes and ties, watering bags, contractor fees, rental of equipment to complete the project. Ornamental trees purchased from a licensed nursery are appropriate for most community forestry grant projects.

America the Beautiful Tree Planting grants are co-sponsored by the US Forest Service, and are intended to stimulate the development of innovative and effective tree planting projects that increase the diversity of trees in the community. Multiple entities within the same community can apply for this grant.

America the Beautiful Program Development grants are made available through the US Forest Service, and are intended to stimulate the development of innovative and effective community forestry projects other than tree planting. Program Development projects include:
- Inventory or tree removal.
- Removal of ash trees as part of an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Community Action Plan.
- Development of a Community Forestry Action Plan to increase species diversity in preparation for EAB.
- Educational outreach to expand awareness of community forestry in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180503

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Community Family Forest: A public entity is eligible to receive a maximum grant award of $1,500. ND Tree City USA communities are eligible for a maximum grant award of $2,000.
- America the Beautiful Tree Planting: Maximum grant award is $10,000
- America the Beautiful Program Development: Maximum grant award is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed and reimbursement forms submitted by October 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants may be awarded to public entities including counties, townships, cities, park districts, school districts and tribal equivalents. All tree planting projects must be located on publicly owned property. Public entities that own or control the land where the project will be located must submit the application.

Only one grant application will be accepted per community.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked on or before April 30, 2019. Hand delivered applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, April, 30, 2019. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Starting March 1, applicants may contact NDFS to review possible projects and to obtain an application. NDFS staff (see details in Contact, information below) are available to assist with plans, plant material choice, determine which grant program would be appropriate for projects and help preview the application. Due to the time sensitive nature of the grant application process and the number of applicants it is highly recommended to contact a NDFS staff as soon as possible. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit the completed application (and all required materials) at least two weeks before the application deadline.

Applicants will be notified by mail of approval status in July 2019.

For Community Family Forest Grants, at least 20% of the total cost of the project must be contributed by the applicant in the form of cash, services, and/or in-kind contributions.

For America the Beautiful tree planting and program development grants, at least 50% of the total cost of the project must be contributed by the applicant from sources other than federal funds, in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Contact Information:

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

Contact one of these NDFS personnel to coordinate project planning efforts and to obtain a grant application:

Gerri Makay, Community Forestry Manager, Carrington

Joel Nichols, Community Forestry Specialist, Bismarck

Mary O’Neill, Community Forestry Specialist, Lisbon
701-683-4323 x 12

Mail the ORIGINAL application and seven (7) copies to:
NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service
Attn: CF Grants
916 East Interstate Avenue, Suite 4
Bismarck, ND 58503-1227

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Dakota