Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation - Urban and Community Forestry Program (VT UCF), University of Vermont Extension
Grants of up to $2,000 to Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities to plan and manage projects that address the impacts of an invasive insect targeting ash trees. Funding may be used for tree inventories, plan and program development, public outreach, monitoring, assessments, replanting, and restoration. These grants support planning and management, but do not include tree removal or chemical treatment.
The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation’s Urban & Community Forestry Program (VT UCF), in partnership with the University of Vermont Extension, is offering grants to support efforts to prepare for and manage the impacts of emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB is a destructive and invasive forest pest that feeds on all species of ash trees, killing over 99% within four years of infestation. The state's forested land is made up of about 5% ash, yet up to 50% of downtown trees in Vermont are ash. All said, Vermont is home to an estimated 160 million ash trees. EAB is now confirmed in Orange, Washington, Caledonia, Grand Isle, and Bennington Counties. Communities statewide are encouraged to prepare to manage the decline of ash trees and the future of urban tree canopy without ash.
Funds can be used to support a street tree, roadside vegetation, town forest, or park inventories and/or purchase of tree inventory and management systems or technology. An inventory is the first step to understanding your vulnerability to EAB and developing your management approach.
Funds can be used to develop the town’s EAB Preparedness Plan or an EAB Management Plan for a town, parcel, or region.
Public Outreach and Program Development:
Funds can be used to support forming a local or regional EAB task force, writing a tree ordinance, training staff and/or volunteers, or improving awareness and education about the importance of community trees and management of EAB.
Monitoring and Surveying Efforts for EAB:
Funds can be used to support monitoring and survey efforts including establishing trapping systems, trap trees, and scouting for signs and symptoms.
Ash Tree Assessments:
Funds can be used to assess the health and condition of ash trees to help determine your management approach.
Replanting and Restoration:
Funds can be used to support planting a diverse species of trees to mitigate the loss of ash trees including tree purchases, equipment for tree establishment and care, or nursery operations.
Eligible costs are those necessary for completing the project. Costs must be documented, reasonable, and consistent within the scope of the project. Examples include:
- Cost of services, supplies, equipment or facilities used on the project.
- Value of labor, services, supplies, equipment or facilities donated to the project by third parties.
- Salaries and fringe benefits of people working directly on the project.
GrantWatch ID#: 180669
The maximum funding for proposals is $2,000.
Projects must be completed, and budget documentation submitted by March 2020.
Municipalities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply for a Communities Caring for Canopy grant. Nonprofit organizations will need to provide a written letter of support from the municipality(ies) where the work will occur.
EAB will eventually impact all communities in Vermont, but if you are in or near the Infested Area the urgency to prepare is greater. Points will not be allocated for proximity to the Infested Area, but if necessary, VT UCF will consider those in the most need to respond. See Grant Coverage Areas below for the Infested Area map.
Funds will be awarded on a 50-50 (State/local) match basis. The match may be in the form of cash, services, or in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions include the cash value for volunteer assistance in planning and all labor, as well as the donation of professional services or materials.
Example: The value of volunteer time assisting in a street tree inventory or tree planting are considered an in-kind contribution and an eligible match.
Applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, January 31, 2019. Grantees will be notified of funding approval by mid-February 2019.
Applicants must have a current DUNS number. To learn about obtaining a DUNS number: http://www.dnb.com/duns-number.html
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email applications to:
Jenny Lauer, Administrative Assistant
Mail applications to:
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation
Urban & Community Forestry Program
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620
Grant Application Questions:
Project Development Questions
(802) 651-8343, ext. 508
Grant Submission Questions: Jenny Lauer (see above)