The deadline for the 2020 Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program was March 6. Up to $5,000 in matching grants was available to municipalities, homeowner associations, and certified nonprofit groups – including churches and schools. The grant committee of the Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Council will meet this month and announce winners by April 2.
Since its inception, Delaware’s urban and community forestry grant program has awarded 568 grants totaling more than $1.75 million –resulting in the planting of more than 13,000 trees.Source: Delaware Forest Service
Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Program once again offered grants up to $5,000 for tree planting or tree management projects on public land. The competitive grants – open to all municipalities, homeowner associations, and certified 501(c)(3) non-profits in the State of Delaware – required a 50-50 match in either cash (non-federal funds) or in-kind services, which includes volunteer or staff time, equipment rental, or supplies. Requests could range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5,000 in only one of two project categories: tree planting or tree management (i.e., professional tree inventory, hazardous tree removal, or pruning). Applicants were required to schedule a site visit to review their project, according to the following guidelines:
- Site visit MUST be scheduled a minimum of a week in advance
- No site visits done after February 22, 2020
- Appointments will be made on a first come first serve basis
- Final day to make an appointment was February 15, 2020
This year, applicants were required to complete their submission in one sitting at the online application link. Grant applicants were asked to gather required forms and documents for attachment to the application as the form could not be saved and completed later.
2020 Guidelines and Forms
- 2020 Grant Requirements and Application (PDF) (Word)
- 2020 Volunteer Tracker Form (Excel)
- Link to 2020 Urban Grant Online Application
- Grant requests from a minimum of $500 to maximum of $5,000
- Grants must be matched with cash (non-federal funds) or in-kind services such as volunteer hours
- One project in one category: planting or management (professional inventory, pruning, or removal)
- Project must take place on public land or community open space
- Applicants must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) – no payment made to individuals.
- All applicants must schedule a site visit before submitting project (contact email below)
In 2019, the Delaware Forest Service provided more than $110,000 for 29 tree projects in the First State.
Applications 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 will be given to first time applicants, Tree Friendly Communities, and applicants that have passed an Urban Tree Canopy Goal Resolution (only applies to Municipalities). Complete details at delawaretrees.com.
“Community forests are critical to our quality of life. Trees provide cleaner air and water, wildlife habitat, lower energy costs, natural beauty, and improved property values. The Delaware Forest Service’s urban grant program is designed to help communities harness these many benefits. Tree projects can generate positive and lasting effects for years to come while also bringing residents and volunteers together to make their communities more livable and enjoyable,” said Kesha Braunskill, the Delaware Forest Service urban and community forestry program director.
Urban Forestry Program Contacts
- Urban and Community Program Director Kesha Braunskill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tree Grant Dashboard
NEW: The Urban and Community Forestry Tree Grant Dashboard page provides a visual overview of the history of Delaware’s tree grants. Since its inception, the grant program has awarded 568 grants totaling more than $1.75 million—resulting in the planting of more than 13,000 trees. Details includes the locations and dates of specific grant projects by county, legislative map, or school district. http://de.gov/treegrantdashboard.
The comprehensive database can list charts of the grants by year, county, and legislative district. The map to the right of the dashboard also allows viewers to zoom in to various parts of the state and then view specific projects by clicking on the blue dot.
As part of its mission, several informative publications, resources, and links are available to help with proper planning and developing effective strategies for tree planting, care, and management.
- Delaware Municipal Tree Canopy Maps
- Online GIS Tree Canopy Tool
- Tree Owners’ Manual
- Trees and Ice Storms