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Contact information
For information, please contact:
Chase O'Brien
Urban forestry grants manager
608-640-6143
Nicole Spafford
Budget and grant specialist
715-453-2188 ext. 1274

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 insect infestation or disease, forest fire, drought or water saturation due to flooding.

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

July 2019 severe storm events

Recent storm events have led to severe storm damage in many areas across the state. An executive order declaring a State of Emergency was issued for the series of storm events beginning on July 18, 2019, statewide. Damage in municipal areas caused by high winds, hail and/or tornadoes will qualify municipalities for the urban forestry catastrophic storm grant. If potential applicants have questions, please contact an urban forestry coordinator.

Applications will be accepted until Monday, September 16th. All applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Extent of tree damage in public areas, residential properties, businesses and natural areas.
  2. The damaged area within the applicant's jurisdiction as a percentage of overall land area.
  3. Repair work needed in the categories of tree removal, stump grinding and cleanup; tree restoration; tree planting and the estimated cost of those repairs.
  4. Population of the applicant's jurisdiction.

Note: Private property owners are not eligible to apply for catastrophic storm grant funding.

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.
  • Private property owners are not eligible for this funding.

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. Private property owners are not eligible for this funding.

  • 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:

  • Review the application guidance.
  • Obtain a resolution from your governing body designating a representative to file the application and handle all grant actions on behalf of the applicant (download sample resolution [DOC]).
  • Complete application form 8700-321 [PDF]. The form is electronically fillable, printable and savable.
  • 501(c)(3) organizations must include a copy of their constitution, bylaws or articles of incorporation, unless already on file with the DNR urban forestry program.

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: Thursday August 01 2019