Vermont’s Urban & Community Forestry Program (VTUCF) just announced $40,000 in grants to support urban and community forestry programs at the local level. These grants act as seed money to help communities care for tree canopy by taking the necessary actions to developing and sustaining 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. Grants are due April 11, 2014.
Those familiar with the Program’s previous grant program, Trees for Local Communities, will recognize a slightly different focus with the new grant offerings. These grants should be considered seed money to help communities care for tree canopy by taking the necessary actions to developing and sustaining 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.
Two grant options are available: a) the Caring for Canopy and b) the Canopy Mini.
Caring for Canopy
The Caring for Canopy grant category is for projects focused on helping a community move their tree management program forward towards a sustained level. This could include: street and park tree inventories; management, protection and streetscape plan development; public policy development, training opportunities, tree planting, and tree maintenance.
- Grants range from $500–$5000 and require a 50–50 match (total project cost range is $1,000–$10,000).
- Section IV of the grant application is limited to 4 pages.
The Canopy Mini grant category is for smaller projects that a community wants to accomplish to help them move their tree management program forward. This could include: Arbor Day activities, tree purchase, in-house training, promotional material, equipment, or reference material.
- Grants are up to $500 and require a 50–50 match (maximum total project cost is $1,000).
- Section III of the grant application is limited to 2 pages.
Grants are due on April 11, 2014.
Overview: We have prepared an overview document to help answer questions you may have about the grant program and filling out the application. If you have further questions, contact Danielle Fitzko at 802-598-9992 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications: The grant application is available in two formats: MS Word 2010 with forms embedded or Word 2007 that is static. If you have trouble working with either document, contact Danielle Fitzko at 802-598-9992 or email@example.com for another option.
Caring for Canopy Grant Application
Canopy Mini Grant Application
Supporting Your Grant Applications
- Grant Assistance:
Grant Application Questions
Project Development Questions
Grant Submission Questions
- Resources to help: Before you select your sites, choose trees and plant the trees, check out our community forestry library, there are many resources to guide you. Below are a few of interest.
Other Funding Resources
- VLCT Grant Workshop (PDF 94 KB) - This document is an outcome of a grant workshop put on by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) in 2008. It offers a list of grant opportunities in the state and a grant development checklist.
- Historic Preservation Grant Opportunities (PDF 101 KB) - This document, developed by the Division of Historic Preservation, offers a very comprehensive funding directory. While the intent is for historic preservation projects, several of the opportunities would accept urban and community forestry projects.
- Fundraising for Urban and Community Forestry (PDF 405 KB) - A fact sheet developed by the UCF program, offers local fundraising ideas.
- New England Grassroots Environmental Fund - The grants range in size from $500 - $2.500. Their mission is to energize and nurture long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities.