2019 Urban and Community Grants

The Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Program has awarded more than $110,000 for 29 tree projects throughout the First State. Since its inception, the annual grant program has provided more than $1.75 million to help communities increase tree canopy and promote the natural benefits of trees: cleaner air and water, increased property values and civic pride, and reduced storm water runoff and flooding. The grants, selected by a committee of Delaware’s Community Forestry Council, require a 50-50 cost-share match in cash or in-kind services, such as volunteer time, equipment, or supplies.

The program is open to any city, town, community group, homeowner association, or certified nonprofit organization in the State of Delaware. Awards ranged from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 in one of two project categories: tree planting or tree management (tree inventory only). Projects must be completed on public lands in the community. Priority was given to first-time applicants, Tree Friendly Communities,
and municipalities with an urban tree canopy resolution.

Breakwater in Lewes received a $5,000 Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Program grant to plant 56 trees and 46 shrubs in eight locations, including a buffer near Breakwater Junction Trail. Delaware Forest Service staff assisted with the planting.
Tree planting project at Breakwater in Lewes funded by a $5,000 grant from the Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Program.

Urban and Community Grants

Community NameCountyAward
City of NewarkNew Castle$895.00
AlapocasNew Castle$1,800.00
Westover Hills Section ANew Castle$2,150.00
Village of ArdentownNew Castle$2,252.00
The Village of FountainviewNew Castle$3,000.00
Village of ArdenNew Castle$3,372.30
Piedmont Baseball and Softball LeagueNew Castle$5,000.00
Westover Hills Section CNew Castle$5,000.00
Wynthorpe Maintenance Corp.New Castle$5,000.00
Town of SmyrnaKent$4,000.00
Spring MeadowsKent$5,000.00
City of LewesSussex$1,225.91
Bayside Fenwick IslandSussex$1,638.00
Shoreview WoodsSussex$3,442.40
James Farm – Inland BaysSussex$4,342.50
Town of DagsboroSussex$4,400.00
The Meadows of the Village at Old LandingSussex$4,681.00
Breakwater – LewesSussex$5,000.00
Grande at Canal PointeSussex$5,000.00
Holland Mills Sussex$5,000.00
Long Neck ShoresSussex$5,000.00
Delaware Forest Service staff helped auger planting holes for a tree planting at Breakwater near Lewes.

Chesapeake Bay Grants

Three of the grants, totaling about $5,000 each, were awarded to the City of Seaford’s Dept. of Parks & Recreation, the Seaford Historical Society’s Ross Plantation, and Trap Pond Partners near Laurel. Both Seaford and Laurel are located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the largest estuary in the United States and a high-priority for projects to improve water quality.

Community NameCountyAward
Ross Plantation – Seaford Historical Society Sussex$5,000.00
City of Seaford – Dept. of Parks and Recreation  Sussex$5,000.00
Trap Pond PartnersSussex $5,000.00

Focus-Funded Projects

The U&CF Program provided $18,000 to schools and public agencies for five planting projects to increase tree canopy in community open space. In most cases, trees were planted by volunteers and the projects actively involved students and school personnel in the planting process. Students learned the proper way to plant trees and the many benefits of trees. The following groups received FY19 focus grants: Lake Forest North Elementary School, Eisenberg Elementary School, MOT Charter School, the City of Dover, and Kent County.