November and December are always busy months for us. No sooner did we complete Urban and Community Forestry Month celebrations, then it was time for the 2015 grant season.

If you missed the announcement, there are three grant opportunities available to communities, educational institutions, nonprofits, and tribal governments for 2015: Community Forestry Assistance Grants, Tree City USA Tree Planting Grants, and Public Tree Inventory Grants. If you have a great urban forestry idea or special project that could use additional funding, visit our Grant Resources Page or check out the article about our grant program in this edition of the Tree Link to find more information. The deadline for applications is December 19.

Also due in December are Tree City USA applications. Applications can be submitted online, even if you are a first-year applicant, but you need to request a password to log in to the system; so make sure you don’t wait until the last minute!

Achieving a Tree City USA designation is a great way to start growing your community forestry program, but don’t stop there. You can receive additional kudos and continue to grow your program by applying for a Growth Award. Visit the Tree City USA Growth Award page at Arbor Day Foundation to review the four categories of projects and programs that are eligible for points toward a Growth Award. Contact Ben Thompson at 360-902-1382 if you have questions.

By Linden J. Lampman, Program Manager, DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program