2018 Urban Forestry Grants and Workshop

Join us for a free “Urban and Community Grant Workshop” on Tuesday, February 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.  at the Delaware Department of Agriculture, 2320 S DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901, Phone: (302) 698-4500.

The Delaware Forest Service’s urban and community forestry program director Kesha Braunskill and The Delaware Center for Horticulture’s community forester Sam Seo will discuss 2018 grant opportunities available to plant and maintain community trees throughout the First State. Grants are open to all municipalities, homeowner associations, and certified 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations in Delaware.

Attendees can learn about this year’s application process, current guidelines and requirements, and ask questions on topics such as: how to work with arborists and tree care contractors, and how to prepare  application materials.

For more information, contact:
Kesha Braunskill, Delaware Forest Service (DFS) Urban Forestry Administrator
Office: (302) 698-4578, Kesha.Braunskill@state.de.us

Through a federal grant, the Delaware Forest Service offers up to $40,000 each year to communities throughout the state for tree planting, tree care, and tree management projects on publicly owned lands. The local community or organization must match these grants with either non-federal funds or in-kind services (volunteer time, etc.).

The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program’s competitive grants are open to all municipalities, community associations, and certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations within the State of Delaware. Funds can only be utilized on public property owned by the municipality, HOA, or nonprofit organization.

Grants range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000 in one of two project categories: tree planting or tree management. All applications require a 50-50 cost-share match in either cash or in-kind services within program guidelines.

Applications are limited to one project in one project category and are judged on a competitive basis by a grant committee of the Delaware Community Forestry Council. Eligible projects must be performed on public lands within the community. Priority is given to first time applicants, Tree Friendly Communities, and applicants that have passed an Urban Tree Canopy Goal Resolution (only applies to Municipalities).

Click here for: List of 2017 Urban and Community Grant Winners

Completed applications are mailed to:

Delaware Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program
2320 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901

Examples of activities eligible for grant funding can include:

  • Tree Planting
  • Hazard Tree Mitigation
  • Development of a Professional Tree Inventory

APPLICATION MATERIALS

RESOURCES:


REQUIRED ELEMENTS:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Project Description
  3. Qualified Match
  4. Cost Estimate (Three Bids on Letterhead or Copy of Signed Contract)
  5. Site Map with tree species and locations identified by address
  6. Signature Page

To be considered for ranking, applications needed to clearly and concisely address the required elements.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

All grants are ranked according to the following criteria:

  1. Overall project quality/community need
  2. Project encourages sustainable urban forestry through management planning, proper tree care or sustaining/ maintaining urban tree canopy.
  3. The project mitigates tree hazard(s) – applicable only for management grants
  4. Increases tree canopy – applicable only for planting grants
  5. Applicant has worked with DFS on a project to address DFS state forest strategies
  6. Municipality has an implemented an Urban Tree Canopy Goal Resolution (Municipalities) or is a current Tree Friendly Community

The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is committed to providing a range of technical and informational assistance to residents of communities in the First State.

For more information, contact:
Kesha Braunskill, Delaware Forest Service (DFS) Urban Forestry Administrator
Office: (302) 698-4578, Kesha.Braunskill@state.de.us