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Small Community Forestry Assistance Grant

Grants to Washington Local and Tribal Governments with
Small Populations for Community Forestry Projects

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Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

11/30/17 4:00 PM PST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to Washington local and tribal governments representing small communities to promote urban and community forestry stewardship. This program assists communities in developing sustainable, resilient, and long-term community forestry programs. Eligible communities are those with populations of less than 10,000.

The intent of this grant is to assist smaller communities to implement community forestry-related projects which may not otherwise receive local funding, and to provide focused technical assistance to assure project success.

Examples of authorized activities may include:
-Conduct tree resource inventories that result in the development of maintenance and/or management plans.
-Develop a management plan for trees and associated resources in the community, including open space and green infrastructure.
-Analyze data on the community forest resource, including canopy assessments and resource inventories, to increase public understanding of the energy conservation, economic, social, environmental and psychological values of trees and open space in urban and community environments.
-Prune trees to restore the health and structural stability of trees within the community forest.
-Implement tree planting demonstration projects that have a public education component.
-Tree planting that implements objectives within existing management plans.
-Tree planting to replace trees lost within the last three years as a result of natural events, (storms, floods, fires, earthquakes, or landslides, etc.)
-Educational assistance to expand knowledge and enhance the technical skills of individuals involved in community tree care, planning, development and maintenance.
-Developing a community tree standards of care manual.

Eligible Costs:
-Charges necessary and reasonable to accomplish the objectives of the contract during the grant period as proposed on the budget worksheet, including the cost of hiring seasonal employees or special staff to carry out the projects (intern), as well as costs related to hiring a professional consultant or contractor for the project, (certified arborist, landscape architect, landscape designer, planner, etc.)
-Project specific software (tree inventory software, for example)
-Landscape-size trees greater than or equal to 1.5” caliper: containerized, bare-root or balled-and-burlapped (B&B)
-Planting materials: stakes, ties, and root collar protectors proportional to number of trees being planted; wood chip surface mulch
-Watering supplies, (water bags, hydrogel, etc.)
-Inspection: Applicant may contract with an ISA Certified Arborist to inspect trees upon delivery and after installation to ensure best quality stock and planting practices, and/or to assure compliance to specifications for maintenance projects
-Services of an ISA Certified Arborist for maintenance and structural pruning

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182425

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum request size is $5,000 and the maximum request size is $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposals can be submitted for projects lasting from one to two years. The period of performance of the contract(s) resulting from this RFP is estimated to begin 05/01/18 and may run through 4/31/20, if needed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include tribal and local governments with populations under 10,000.

Tree City USA communities, or those communities working toward the Tree City USA designation, may receive preference in the review process.

Community tree volunteer groups and neighborhood associations, while not directly eligible to apply, are encouraged to develop proposals in partnership with one of the eligible entities listed above.

Ineligible Costs:
-Although not reimbursable with grant funding, ineligible costs may be used as match.
-Staff salaries, wages, and overhead for local units of government, educational institutions, or tribal governments.
-Construction or fabrication activities.
-Capital outlays including purchase of land.
-Tree seedlings, live stakes, and shrubs.
-Equipment, including computer hardware or tools.
-Food and refreshments.
-Any items disapproved from the budget worksheet are considered ineligible costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are required to provide a minimum of 30% match to the grant share being requested. For example, a $15,000 grant will require the city to match the funds with a minimum of $5,000. Match may be in the form of financial/cash share, in-kind contributions, or cash donations. Federal matching funds or in-kind contributions from Federal partners cannot be used as a match.

Letters of Interest are due by Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:00 PM (PST).

DNR will select up to five (5) letters of interest from applicants during this solicitation to move forward with full proposal development. Additional letters may be selected if funding levels allow. A second review of full proposals will be used to determine which projects will be funded for project implementation. DNR staff will work with closely with selected applicants to develop final proposals for funding. Being selected by DNR for full proposal development is not a funding commitment.

Estimated Schedule of Activities:
-Letters of Interest due to DNR: November 30, 2017
-WDNR evaluates Letters of Interest: December 4, 2017
-WDNR selects applicant letters for full proposal development & notifies all applicants of status: December 15, 2017
-Final proposals completed: February 15, 2018
-Finalize Contract: March 30, 2018
-Period of Performance (project may begin when contract is signed by both parties): May 1, 2018 - (up to) April 31, 2018
-Last Date for Final Report & Request for Reimbursement (no more than thirty (30) days after project end date): May 31, 2020

Contact Information:

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

Linden Lampman, Program Manager
P: (360) 902-1703 or (800) 523-TREE
F: (360) 902-1757

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
1111 Washington Street SE MS 47037
Olympia, WA 98504-7037

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP 18-15

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington