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The DNR Urban & Community Forestry Program is pleased to announce our 2020 Urban Forestry grants!

We are offering two grants this year, but please be aware of some changes.

Most importantly, our grants will once again be back on our website and available for download at the click of a button! We have also done away with the letters of interest we required last year in favor of asking applicants to submit full applications by the deadline.

Community Engagement and Planning Grant (the new and improved Environmental Justice Grant)

Last year marked our inaugural offering of the “Community Forestry Assistance and Environmental Justice Grants” with the intent that professional arborists would work together with community advocates from low-income and/or racially diverse neighborhoods to leverage the benefits of urban forests to address a local environmental justice issue.

The feedback we received is that, for better or worse, many of our urban forestry constituents haven’t yet developed those relationships with community advocacy organizations, and didn’t want to force those relationships for the sake of a grant.

To that end, this year’s “Community Engagement and Planning Grant” is intended to target that need and help lay the groundwork for future investments (as in, pssst! if you get one of these grants, you might be favored in the award of a future one…). 

Eligible projects could include using consultants or facilitators to convene stakeholders for learning about each others perspectives, identifying shared needs or goals, discussing opportunities or processes for on-going collaboration, or scoping future project ideas, for example.

In places where local relationships are already strong, more traditional types of urban forestry projects can be funded with this grant.

Successful projects will produce beneficial outcomes for residents living within areas of high environmental health disparity that score 6-10 according to the Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map. All projects should address a community-identified need and have arborists, foresters, landscape architects, or other allied professionals involved.

The maximum request is $20,000 and the minimum request is $5,000 with a 50% match.

Community Forestry Assistance Grants

Our “Community Forestry Assistance Grants” have a similar look and feel from years’ past, but we have opened this grant up to communities of all sizes, not just small cities and towns.

Project options include but are not limited to:

  • Developing a management plan for trees and associated resources in the community, including open space and green infrastructure.
  • Analyzing data on the community forest resource, including canopy assessments or resource inventories, to increase public understanding of the economic, social, environmental and psychological values of trees and open space in urban and community environments.
  • Pruning trees to restore the health and structural stability of trees within the community forest.
  • Tree-planting demonstration projects with a public education component.
  • Tree planting that implements objectives within existing management plans.
  • Planting to replace trees lost within the last three years as a result of natural events (storms, floods, fires, earthquakes, or landslides, etc.).
  • Tree-planting demonstration projects for the purpose of improving public understanding of the benefits of establishing and maintain trees.
  • Establishing “food forests” or community orchards (must include provisions for long-term care and maintenance).
  • 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.
  • Conducting tree resource inventories that result in maintenance and/or management plans, all completed within the grant timeline. (Grantees must contact the program manager to discuss inventory projects before submitting a proposal.)

The maximum request is $20,000 and the minimum request is $5,000 with a 100 percent match.

The Community Forestry Assistance Grant is a 100 percent match. The Community Engagement and Planning Grant is a 50 percent match.

Applications for both grants are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.

Please contact grant coordinator Linden Lampman at 360-902-1703 or linden.lampman@dnr.wa.gov with any questions.