Partnership Tree Planting Grants for Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay New2Partnership Tree Planting Grants - Chesapeake Bay Watershed only

Trees provide people with many natural benefits: cleaner air and water, reduced storm-water runoff and soil erosion, and priceless natural beauty. Trees have also been shown to improve property values and enhance community well-being. That’s why the Delaware Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program is seeking to partner with nonprofit groups to improve Delaware in these ways. The U&CF Program will award eight (8) grants in the amount of $1000 each.

Requirements for Tree Planting Grants

  • Must be a certified 501(c)(3) organization based in the State of Delaware. Common types include nonprofit religious, educational, charitable, scientific, or literary organizations
  • Must own land located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with a parcel registered in your name that appears on your county’s tax parcel list (must provide parcel number)
  • Must provide a 50-50 cost-share match in either cash or in-kind services. Sufficient volunteer hours for planning, organizing, and carrying out the project can meet this requirement without a need for cash

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Benefits of Tree Planting Grants

  • Grants can be a no-cost* way to beautify and enhance your organization’s campus and grounds
  • Tree planting projects can bring your organization’s membership together to benefit the environment
  • Organizations need match about 47 hours of volunteer time to meet requirements for a $1000 grant

Technical Assistance For Grant Projects
Delaware Forest Service staff will offer assistance at every stage of the tree planting project:

  • Meet with organizations to discuss their project
  • Identify a suitable site for the tree planting
  • Select the best species for the particular location
  • Help to calculate the volunteer hours and services for grant match so the project can take place at no cost
  • Schedule a planting day in the spring of 2015
  • Purchase and deliver the trees to the actual site
  • Oversee the planting and recommend steps for follow-up care of your new trees

    Grant Application Deadline: Feb. 27, 2015

How to Apply

  • If you think your church or organization would benefit from the Partnership Tree Planting Grant and you can meet the grant requirements for a 50-50 cost match (can be met by volunteer hours at no cost to your group), then you are invited to apply by contacting the program administrator:
  • Kesha Braunskill, Delaware Forest Service
    Urban and Community Forestry Program
    Phone – (302) 659-6704
    Email - Kesha.Braunskill@state.de.us

DFS awards over $47,000 in urban and community grants

Delaware Forest Service urban forester Kesha Braunskill looks for signs of disease and decay on a street tree in New Castle County. More than half of the DFS' urban and community grants this year will fund hazard tree removals, primarily in New Castle County.

Delaware Forest Service urban forester Kesha Braunskill looks for signs of disease and decay on a street tree in New Castle County. More than half of the DFS’ urban and community grants this year will fund hazard tree removals, primarily in New Castle County.

The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is awarding over $47,000 in competitive grants to fund 14 community-based tree projects in all three Delaware counties.  Homeowner groups, civic associations, nonprofit organizations, and municipalities were eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in funds for a tree planting or tree management project. Recipients are required to match at least 50 percent of their grant through cash or in-kind match of volunteer hours or equipment. This year, more than half of the successful projects – a total of $29,429.35 – addressed tree management issues such as the removal of hazardous trees. Overall, 11 projects were funded in New Castle County, one in Kent County, and two in Sussex County. Applications were evaluated by a committee of the Delaware Community Forestry Council according to several factors, including whether the community  or municipality has adopted a tree canopy goal, first-time applicant status, and how well the project addresses key objectives in the Delaware Forest Service’s Statewide Forest Strategy.

Since the grant program’s inception in 1991, the Delaware Forest Service has awarded over $1.76 million to more than 200 organizations to improve their urban forest resources. More information about Delaware’s urban and community forestry program is online at delawaretrees.com.  Urban forester Kesha Braunskill can be reached at 302.659.6704 or kesha.braunskill@state.de.us.

2014 Urban and Community Grant Recipients

TREE MANAGEMENT GRANTS
County Community/Municipality Amount
New Castle Ardentown $4,169.00
New Castle Carrcroft $2,000.00
New Castle Edenridge $5,000.00
New Castle Newark $4,847.85
New Castle Odessa $5,000.00
New Castle Tavistock $2,950.00
Sussex Georgetown $462.50
Sussex South Bethany $5,000.00
TREE PLANTING GRANTS
County Community/Municipality Amount
New Castle Arden $2,214.50
New Castle Beech Hill $3,170.00
New Castle Delaware City $3,843.50
New Castle Westover Hills $1,289.00
Kent County Parks and Recreation $2,415.00
CHESAPEAKE BAY GRANTS
County Community/Municipality Amount
New Castle Bay Pointe $5,000.00
Total: $47,361.35   

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