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For information, please contact:
Alexandria Elias
Urban Forestry Grants Manager
608-261-8455

Urban forestry catastrophic storm grants

This grant is for tree repair, removal or replacement within urban areas following a catastrophic storm event for which the governor has declared a State of Emergency under s. 323.10, Wis. Stats. A catastrophic storm means damage to urban forests caused by snow, ice, hail, wind or tornado. Catastrophic storm does not include forest fire, drought, insect infestation or disease, or water saturation due to flooding.

Contact your Wisconsin Emergency Management representative for all other disaster assistance.

No executive orders declaring a state of emergency are currently in effect, so the urban forestry catastrophic storm grant program is not accepting applications. At such time as a state of emergency is declared under s. 323.10 Wis. Stats., this website will be updated to reflect the activation of the grant program.

About

About urban forestry catastrophic storm grants

  • Grants range from $4,000 to $50,000.
  • For this grant program, no local share (also called match) is required.
  • Grant recipients may request 50 percent advance payment of estimated project costs.
  • Applications must be postmarked no later than 60 days from the date of emergency declaration.
  • Projects must be completed within 365 days after the governor’s emergency declaration.
  • State of Emergency information is available on the Office of the Governor website [exit DNR] or by calling the Wisconsin Emergency Management office, 608-242-3232.

Who may apply

Who may apply for an urban forestry catastrophic storm grant

Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and 501(c)(3) organizations that have experienced damage to an urban forest as a direct result of a catastrophic storm event for which the governor has declared a State of Emergency are eligible to apply for an urban forestry catastrophic storm grant.

  • Urban forest damage must have occurred in an area with a minimum of 100 residents per square mile. Residential density is determined from statistics provided by the Wisconsin Demographic Services Center [exit DNR] according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Eligible costs

Eligible urban forestry catastrophic storm grant costs

  • Eligible costs are limited to damaged tree repair, removal or replacement within urban areas in the geographic area covered by the State of Emergency and incurred as a direct result of the catastrophic storm event for which the governor has declared a State of Emergency.
  • Eligible costs are those necessary for—and consistent with—damaged tree repair, removal or replacement. Costs must be documented and reasonable.
  • Eligible costs include regular wages and fringe benefits of people working directly on tree repair, removal or replacement (overtime costs are not eligible) and cost of services, supplies, equipment or facilities used for tree repair, removal or replacement.
  • Costs reimbursed by another funding source (including federal disaster assistance or insurance) are not eligible.

How to apply

To apply for an urban forestry catastrophic storm grant:

Submit your application and authorizing resolution by:

Electronic format
  • Print - Review, edit if needed and file.
  • Save - File name should represent organization name and urban forestry grant year.
  • Submit by email - Provide application and required attachments in an email addressed to DNRUrbanForestryGrants@wisconsin.gov.
Or, mail hard copies or fax to
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
    Urban Forestry Grants – FR/4
    PO Box 7921
    Madison WI 53707-7921
    Fax: 608-266-8576

Applications must be received no later than 60 days from the date of emergency declaration (postmarked or received electronically by midnight on the due date).

Help

Help regarding urban forestry catastrophic storm grants

For more information or assistance, contact your urban forestry coordinator or email the program mailbox at DNRUrbanForestryGrants@wi.gov.

You may also want to check out our Consultants page.

Last revised: Friday July 07 2017