2020 Urban Forestry Grants Now Open

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
The 2020 Urban and Grant Program is now open. This tree planting project at Eisenberg Elementary School in New Castle was funded by the Urban and Community Forestry Program and made possible by student and teacher volunteers.

The 2020 Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program is open and accepting applications. Up to $5,000 in matching grants are available to municipalities, homeowner associations, and certified nonprofit groups – including churches and schools. This year’s deadline is March 6, 2020. 

Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is once again offering annual 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 – require 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 can 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 must also schedule a site visit to review their project, according to the following guidelines:

  1. Site visit MUST be scheduled a minimum of a week in advance
  2. No site visits will be done after February 22, 2020
  3. Appointments will be made on a first come first serve basis
  4. 4. Final day to make an appointment will be February 15, 2020

This year, applicants must complete their submission in one sitting at the online application link. Grant applicants are encouraged to gather required forms and documents for attachment to the application as the form cannot be saved and completed later. 

2020 Guidelines and Forms

Resource Links

Core Requirements

  • 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

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.

Email:
Kesha Braunskill

Urban Tree Grant Dashboard

Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Program offers an annual matching grant program to increase tree canopy and promote the benefits of trees throughout the First State. 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.

The new interactive ” Urban Tree Grant Dashboard” offers a geo-spatial overview of the Delaware Forest Service’s successful urban and community forestry grant program, which has awarded more than $1.75 million in grants since its inception.

An interactive dashboard now shows the history of the program and locations and dates of specific grant projects: 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.

2019 Arborist and Tree Care Seminar

	
		
	
	
	

The Delaware Forest Service urban and community forestry program held its 9th Annual Arborist and Tree Care Seminar on October 22 and 23, 2019 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

The 2019 agenda covered one full day and one half-day. Speakers will include tree experts presenting lectures, outdoor demos, and vendor exhibits on the latest tree diseases and diagnosis, soil analysis, and worker safety.

Attendees were able to earn CEU’s from the International Society of Arboriculture, Maryland Licensed Tree Expert, and Delaware pesticide certification. The cost was $100 for both days (lunch on the first day and snacks included).  

2019 Featured Speakers

  • Trent Dicks, ArborJet
  • Nancy Gregory, University of Delaware
  • Dan Staley, ArborDrone
  • Wei Zhang, Tree Diaper
  • Joe Murray, Tree Literacy LLC
  • Jason Grabosky, Rutgers University
  • Stephen Hilbert, Asplundh
  • Bill Seybold, Delaware Forest Service

More Information

If you need more information or are interested in becoming a sponsor for a future seminar, contact Kesha Braunskill with the Delaware Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program.