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Florida’s 2020 Urban and Community Forestry Grants Program
Now accepting applications!

The Florida Forest Service has announced that as part of the U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Matching Grant Program, funds will be available to organizations to develop or enhance their urban and community forestry programs.  Applications can be submitted through the following programs:

Hurricane Michael Urban and Community Forestry Recovery Grant
The Hurricane Michael Urban and Community Forestry Recovery Grant is a funding opportunity available to communities, nonprofits, educational institutions and tribal governments impacted by Hurricane Michael. This program offers financial assistance for projects such as planting trees, conducting a tree inventory or tree canopy assessment, and completing an urban forest management plan.

Qualified participants may apply for up to $50,000. This program is awarded as an 80-20 matching grant (80% federal, 20% applicant).

2020 Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program
This program is part of Florida’s ongoing initiative to increase and protect existing tree canopies in developed areas.  The Florida Forest Service uses a portion of the Urban and Community Forestry technical services funds provided by the U.S. Forest Service to help local communities, nonprofit groups and educational institutions initiate or improve local urban forestry programs.

Awards are made as 50-50 matching grants (50% federal, 50% applicant) to local governments, educational institutions, Native American tribal governments, and legally organized nonprofit (volunteer) organizations in the grant categories as follows:  Public Tree Canopy Improvement (Tree Planting); Public Tree Inventory or Urban Tree Canopy Assessment; Urban Forest Management Planning; and Urban Forestry Information and Education.

2020 Managing Community Forests Grant Program
The Managing Community Forests Grant Program is a new initiative that started in 2019. The purpose of this new program is to provide financial assistance to local governments or Native American tribal governments to initiate or enhance local urban and community forestry programs over a three-year period within the state of Florida.

The Managing Community Forests grant is intended to help local governments start or develop urban forestry programs by establishing a clear path to an effective urban forest management strategy. As funding allows, selected communities will receive a total of three contracts over a three-year period to conduct a tree inventory, establish an urban forest master plan, and undertake a planting project to meet goals identified in the master plan.

Eligible entities include local governments, state governments, and Native American tribal governments. To participate, the community must be incorporated and have a population between 10,000 and 100,000.

Application Information

Application information is posted on the myflorida.com "MyFloridaMarketplace" vendor bid system website. Applications for all three programs will be accepted until Friday, August 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST.  For general information regarding the Urban and Community Forestry grants program, please contact Will Liner, FFS Urban Forestry Program Manager, at William.Liner@FDACS.gov.   For questions related specifically to the actual grant application, please contact Michelle Faircloth at (850) 617-7181 or via E-mail at Michelle.Faircloth@FDACS.gov.

 

Looking for grant opportunities? 
Check out the Alliance for Community Trees link and help your community grow, one tree at a time.

 

Try out this very user-friendly tool that provides useful tree information that anyone can access.
Tree Benefits Calculator

 

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