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Urban forestry grants

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offers urban forestry grants to cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in or conducting projects in Wisconsin. These grants fall into three categories: Regular grants, startup grants and catastrophic storm grants.

Regular grants
Urban forest

Regular grants are competitive cost-share grants of up to $25,000. Grants are to support new, innovative projects that will develop sustainable urban and community forestry programs, not to subsidize routine forestry activities.

  • Applications are not being taken at this time.
    Regular grant information.
Startup grants
tree planting

Startup grants are competitive cost-share grants of up to $5,000. These simplified grants are available to communities that want to start or restart an urban forestry program.

  • Applications are not being taken at this time.
    Startup grant information.
Catastrophic storm grants
storm damage

Catastrophic storm grants fund 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.


  • Grant application informational video
    Covers the differences between startup grants and regular grants, how/when to contact urban forestry coordinators, recent changes to the grant application form and other topics related to the grant application process (11 minutes – July 2018).
  • Grant reimbursement common mistakes video
    Covers several of the most common mistakes that are made on grant reimbursement request forms and how to avoid them (11 minutes – August 2018).

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Last revised: Wednesday December 18 2019