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

Regular urban forestry grants

Regular urban forestry grants support projects that improve a community’s capacity to manage its trees.

Application deadline is October 1 for projects to be completed between January 1 and December 31 of the coming year. Resolution required with application.

About

About regular urban forestry grants

  • Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000 and require a 50–50 match (total project cost range is $2,000 to $50,000).
  • The project sponsor must initially fund 100 percent of project costs with cash, in-kind contributions and/or donations. Upon completion, the project sponsor requests reimbursement for 50 percent of eligible costs (501[c][3] nonprofit organizations may request an advance when a grant is awarded).
  • Projects begin January 1 and must be completed within one calendar year.

Who may apply

Who may apply for a regular urban forestry grant

Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in or conducting their project in Wisconsin may apply for a regular urban forestry grant.

Eligible projects and costs

Eligible regular urban forestry grant projects and associated costs

  • Projects must relate to community tree management, maintenance or education within Wisconsin cities, villages or other areas of concentrated development.
  • Eligible project components include, but are not limited to:
    • tree inventory or canopy assessment;
    • urban forestry strategic or management plan;
    • urban forest pest response, storm response or risk reduction plan;
    • tree ordinance development/revision;
    • public outreach;
    • staff or volunteer training;
    • tree board or volunteer group development; and
    • tree planting, maintenance and removal.
  • Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to:
    • construction projects (such as trails, fences, shelters, buildings and site grading) not directly related to planting;
    • land clearing or stump removal projects not directly related to tree planting or removal; and
    • land or boundary surveys or title search, appraisal, sale or exchange of real property.
  • Eligible costs are those necessary for completing the project and incurred during the project period. Costs must be documented, reasonable and consistent with the project scope. Examples include:
    • salaries and fringe benefits of people working directly on the project;
    • cost of services, supplies, equipment or facilities used on the project; and
    • value of labor, services, supplies, equipment or facilities donated to the project by third parties.

How to apply

To apply for a regular urban forestry grant:

Submit your application and authorizing resolution by:

Electronic format (preferred)
  • Print - Review, edit if needed and file.
  • Save - File name should represent organization name and urban forestry grant year.
  • Submit by email - You will be given the opportunity to edit the message and provide attachments to 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

Deadline – applications must be sent or postmarked by 11:59 p.m., October 1

Help

Help regarding regular urban forestry 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: Thursday June 29 2017