The DNR Urban & Community Forestry Program is pleased to announce our grant program for 2017. There are two big changes to the grants this year: 1) Inventory grants will not be offered; and, 2) the Tree City USA Tree Planting Grants have been expanded to include maintenance projects.

This year’s urban and community forestry grants are available in two categories:

  • Community Forestry Assistance (CFA) Grants (download the RFP and Grant Application)
    • Community Forestry Assistance grants provide financial assistance to communities to help develop powerful, sustainable urban forestry programs. The intent of this grant is to assist communities to develop urban forest planning and programming tools and activities that may not otherwise receive local funding.
    • Acceptable projects shall focus on programmatic development, including urban forestry management plans, maintenance plans based on current tree inventory data (performed or updated within the last 5 years), urban forestry strategic plans, or other critical management components.
    • Community Forestry Assistance grant awards will be up to $15,000 per community. A 1:1 match (in-kind or financial) is required.
    • Community Forestry Assistance Grants are available to tribal governments, educational institutions, and local governments such as cities, towns, and counties in Washington state.
  • Tree City USA Tree Planting & Maintenance Grants (download the RFP and Grant Application)
    • The 2016 Tree City USA Tree Planting and Maintenance Grants support communities working to improve and enhance tree canopy cover as a component of a comprehensive urban and community forestry management program.
    • Grant awards will be up to $15,000 per community. A 1:1 match (in-kind or financial) is required.
    • Proposed projects should be based on an overall vision of enhancing community canopy coverage, sustaining and enhancing the community as a livable place, and developing an extensive, thriving urban forest that provides multiple aesthetic, social, ecological, and environmental benefits.
    • Applicants’ proposed projects must fit into one of the following three categories:
      • Replace trees lost to natural events;
      • Prune trees to restore the health and structural stability of trees within the urban forest.  All pruning must be by an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA); or
      • Demonstration tree planting projects.
    • Tree Planting and Maintenance Grants are available only to Washington cities and towns that have earned the Tree City USA Award or those communities actively pursuing the Tree City USA designation with intention to apply for Tree City USA status in December 2016. (Please contact the Grant Coordinator if you plan to apply for this designation.) Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, or tribal governments may apply in partnership with TCUSA communities.

The Community Forestry Assistance Grants are available to tribal governments, educational institutions, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and local governments such as cities, towns, and counties in Washington state.  The Tree City USA Tree Planting and Maintenance Grants are only available to Washington cities and towns that have earned the Tree City USA Award or to communities that are actively pursuing the Tree City USA designation and intend to apply for Tree City USA status in December 2016.

Grants are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Please contact the Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager, Linden Lampman at 360-902-1703 or linden.lampman@dnr.wa.gov for any questions about the 2017 applications.