Available Municipal Tree Management Program Grants


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Posted on 03/10/2017 by VLCT Communications


The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, in partnership with the University of Vermont Extension, is offering grants to support the development of sustainable municipal tree management programs. These grants should be considered seed money to help communities care for tree canopy by taking the stepe to develop and sustain a community-wide tree program. These grants allow for multiple program components (e.g., tree planting, tree inventory, tree maintenance, plan development, public outreach, and program development) to be merged into one grant application for ease and flexibility. This year, $40,000 is available. Applications are due Friday, April 14, 2017.

There are two grant categories:

  1. Caring for Canopy is for projects focused on helping a community move their tree management program towards a sustained level. This could include street and park tree inventories; management, protection, and streetscape plan development; public policy development; training opportunities for staff and volunteers; tree planting; and tree maintenance. Grants range from $500 to $5,000 and require a 50–50 match; total project cost range = at least $1,000-$10,000.
  2. Canopy Mini is for smaller projects that a community wants to accomplish to help improve their tree management program. They could include Arbor Day activities, tree purchase, training opportunities, promotional material, equipment, or reference materials. Grants are up to $500 and require a 50–50 match; total project cost = at least $1,000.

An applicant may only apply for one grant per year, i.e., one Canopy for Canopy or one Canopy Mini grant proposal. More information and grant applications are here.