Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program
As part of the federal government’s Urban and Community Forestry Matching Grant Program, funds will be available to organizations to develop or enhance their urban and community forestry programs.
Awards are made as 50-50 matching grants (50 percent federal, 50 percent applicant) to local governments, educational institutions, Native-American tribal governments, and
legally organized nonprofit (volunteer) organizations in the five grant categories listed below.
2012 Grant Recipients
Tree planting projects need to be completed by November 30, 2013, and all other projects by January 31, 2014. All grant related payments must be made in time to where your reimbursement request can be received at our office by March 1, 2014. If you are not able to comply with these deadlines, please apply by email for a six month extension to Charlie Marcus, Charles.Marcus@freshfromflorida.com. The extension request needs to be received at your earliest possible convenience.
Local Government Program Development
This includes development or revision of tree ordinances, tree inventories, management plans, master plans, in-house training, temporary staffing, student internships, and equipment purchases.
Demonstration or Site Specific Projects
This includes tree planting on public land, tree protection projects, and tree maintenance projects. Only 20% of funds will be used for this purpose.
This is for temporary personnel costs only and is meant to help nonprofit groups become more effective in their ability to support and promote local tree management programs.
Information and Education
This category includes educational programs, Arbor Day programs, Workshops/Training sessions, Youth programs, PSA (public service announcements) development, volunteer training,
purchasing or developing web pages, brochures and exhibits.
Urban Forestry or Arboricultural Training
This category is intended to provide cost-share funding for the development of new or additional continuing education courses or degree track educational courses in urban
forestry or arboriculture.
A maximum of $10,000 will be awarded to successful applicants for demonstration and for information and education projects. Staffing grants will be
limited to three years, and the applicant will have to reapply on an annual basis. Otherwise, the maximum award is $20,000 for each applicant, and $20,000 for
individual practices. Approximately $250,000 in funds will be available during this enrollment period.
Urban Forestry Coordinator
For bid application and instructions, contact:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Mayo Building, Room SB-8
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
Telephone: 850/ 617-7181