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Urban and Community Grant Programs


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Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Program offers annual grants of 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 are also required to schedule a site visit to review their project. Site visits must be scheduled at least one week in advance.

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).

 

Tree Grant Dashboard


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 588 grants totaling more than $1.85 million—resulting in the planting of more than 13,000 trees. Details include the locations and dates of specific grant projects by county, legislative map, or school district.  In FY21, the Delaware Forest Service provided $131,693 for 35 projects throughout Delaware.

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.

Tree Grant Dashboard

 

“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, Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program Director.

 

Core Requirements


  • Grant requests from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5,000
  • Grants must be matched with cash (non-federal funds) or in-kind services such as volunteer hours
  • Only one project in one category: tree 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 will be made to individuals.
  • All applicants must schedule a site visit before submitting the project

 

Guidelines and Forms


This year’s grant application deadline was March 5, 2021. No applications are being accepted at this time.

 

Resource Links


 

If you have questions, comments, or need assistance, please contact:
Urban and Community Program Director Kesha Braunskill. Send E-mail.


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