DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program (UCF) 2015 grant applications are now available on our grant resources page. 

UCF is offering three grant opportunities:

  • Community Forestry Assistance Grants;
  • Inventory Grants; and
  • Tree Planting Grants.

If your community is a Tree City USA, the announcement and links to applications will be sent directly to your community’s Tree City USA contact.

Grants, offered in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program, may be awarded to local units of government, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, or tribal governments. Community tree volunteer groups and neighborhood associations, while not directly eligible to apply, are encouraged to develop their projects in conjunction with an eligible organization.

Examples of projects that may be funded through Community Forestry Assistance Grants include:

Program Development and Planning:

  • Urban Forestry Ordinance Development or Revisions
  • Urban Forestry Board or Commission Development or Training
  • Urban Forest Resource Canopy Assessment and Mapping
  • Efforts toward becoming a Tree City USA
  • Planning or Management Document Development, i.e., Street-tree Master Plan or Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan
  • Advanced training for tree management staff (scholarships to Municipal Tree Management Institute, for example)
Participants in Plant Amnesty's  Spanish language pruning class, funded through a Community Forestry Assistance Grant, show their certificates of completion. Photo: Plant Amnesty.
Participants in Plant Amnesty’s Spanish language pruning class, funded through a Community Forestry Assistance Grant, show their certificates of completion. Photo: Plant Amnesty.

Education:

  • Urban Forestry Education Curriculum and Materials Development
  • Urban Forestry Reference Library Establishment or Enhancement
  • Research Projects that include an explanation of how the results will be shared
  • Public Education and Outreach

Community Forestry Tree Inventory Grants are open to local, municipal or tribal governments or institutions. The purpose of this grant is to fund implementation of a public tree inventory system to be used as a basis for managing a jurisdiction’s urban forest. Inventory collection will be undertaken by professional arboriculture consultants under contract with DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. Data collection is standardized but allows flexibility to meet individual community needs. Participating communities will receive a report summarizing the composition and condition of the community forest, along with pertinent resource management recommendations. Collected data will be provided to the community. An urban and community forestry specialist will be available for technical assistance to help develop future maintenance and management plans.

Good planning starts with an nventory.
Good planning starts with an inventory.

Tree planting grants are offered to Tree City USA communities who plan for, maintain, and manage landscape trees with a goal to increase canopy cover over time. Nonprofit organizations [501 (c)(3)], educational institutions, or tribal governments may apply in partnership with eligible communities. Communities that qualify for Tree City USA, but have not received recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation, may apply for grant funds contingent upon DNR approving a Tree City USA application.

Tree City USA Ritzville received a planting grant in 2013 that helped replace trees lost in a severe fall storm.
Tree City USA Ritzville received a planting grant in 2013 that helped replace trees lost in a severe fall storm.

Contact us if you have questions: 360-902-1703 or urban_forestry@dnr.wa.gov