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

Urban forestry startup grants

Urban forestry startup grants support small projects focused on initial steps in community tree care and management. A long-term goal for applicants should be development of a sustained community tree management program.

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 urban forestry startup grants

  • Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and require a 50–50 match (total project cost range is $2,000 to $10,000).
  • 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).
  • Only one startup grant may be awarded to an applicant per year.
  • Projects begin January 1 and must be completed within one calendar year.

Who may apply

Who may apply for a startup urban forestry grant

  • Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations who meet two or more of the following conditions:
    • Starting, or recently started, a community-wide tree care program.
    • Resuming tree care and management activities that were once a regular community-wide program that ended.
    • Community tree care (planting, pruning, removal) by staff or contractors is infrequently performed.
    • Involvement and support for community trees and their care by boards/committees, elected officials, organizations and/or residents is low to non-existent.
    • There are no trained staff, contractors or volunteers authorized to handle, advise or oversee community tree care and management.
  • A maximum of three urban forestry startup grants may be awarded to an applicant within the lifetime of the startup grant program.
  • To be eligible for a third startup grant, an applicant must either: a) have an existing tree inventory; or b) use the grant process to complete one.

Eligible projects and costs

Eligible urban forestry startup 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.
  • Projects by 501(c)(3) organizations must focus on their community’s trees.
  • Projects may consist of no more than three of the following eight components:
    • tree planting;
    • tree pruning;
    • tree removal;
    • tree inventory;
    • insect and disease treatment;
    • staff training;
    • urban forestry management plan; and
    • information/education/outreach (may include forming a tree board, writing a tree ordinance, staff and/or volunteer training, or improving awareness of the importance of community trees and their management).
  • 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 an urban forestry startup 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 urban forestry startup 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