The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the availability of grant applications for the 2016-17 DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program. The grants are funded through the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Program.
Local units of government, nonprofit organizations, schools and tribal governments are eligible and encouraged to apply for the grants, which can be used for a variety of projects including:
- Urban forest management and planning activities.
- Tree planting on public property.
- Urban forestry and arborist training and education events and materials.
- Arbor Day celebrations and materials.
Grant applications must be postmarked by Sept. 16, 2016. Projects awarded funding must be completed by Sept. 1, 2017. All projects must be performed on public land or land that is open to the public.
A total of up to $90,000 is available for projects statewide. Depending on the project type, applicants may request grants up to $20,000. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds, which can be cash contributions or in-kind services but cannot include federal funds.
For a grant application or more information, visit the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/ucf, contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to DNR Forest Resources Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952.