The Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Program is offering grants up to $5,000 for tree planting projects on public land or to help communities complete a professional tree inventory. 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 one of two project categories: tree planting or tree management (professional tree inventory only). Interested applicants must schedule a site visit with Delaware Forest Service urban forestry staff before applying and submit their application using the online form.
The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.
Thanks to federal funding, more than $50,000 will be available for grants. In 2018, the program awarded more than $58,000 for 16 tree projects.
Applications will be 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.
Guidelines and Forms
- 2019 Grant Requirements and Application (PDF) (Word)
- 2019 Volunteer Tracker Form (Excel)
- Final Signature Page – Required (Word)
- Grant requests from a minimum of $500 to maximum of $5,000
- Only one project submission in one category: tree planting or tree management (inventory)
- Project must take place on public land or community open space
- Applicants must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) – no payment will be made to individuals.
- All applicants must schedule a site visit before submitting project
Scheduling Site Visits
- Contact: Kesha Braunskill at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact: Michael Martini at email@example.com
- Site visit MUST be scheduled a minimum of a week in advance
- No site visits will be done after February 22, 2019
- Appointments will be made on first-come first-serve basis
- Final day to make an appointment will be February 15, 2019