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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 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:

  • Review the urban forestry grant application guide [PDF] for more details.
  • 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 [Word]).
  • Complete application form 8700-298 [PDF]. The form is electronically fillable, printable and savable.
  • Complete Urban Forestry Partner Verification form 8700-298A [PDF] for each project partner (not for hired service providers).
  • 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 (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
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 regarding regular urban forestry grants

For more information or assistance, contact your urban forestry coordinator or email the program mailbox at

You may also want to check out our Consultants page.

Last revised: Friday September 27 2019