Applications are now being accepted for a total of $12.9 million for urban and community forestry projects by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, through the Inflation Reduction Act.
The funds are hoped to increase equitable access to healthy trees and green spaces in urban and community forests to support building a clean energy economy, advance environmental justice, and create economic opportunity.
Applicants may apply for funding under two categories, Community Forest Management Plan Implementation ($10 million) and Ash Tree Management ($2.9 million).
The maximum request is $500,000 per application and no match is required. All projects must take place in disadvantaged communities as identified by any of three Federal and State tools listed in the Request for Applications. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, January 31, 2024.
For more information on The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Urban and Community Forestry program and the application process for the Inflation Reduction Act Urban and Community Forestry Grants visit DEC’s website.
Photo: Trees along a street in New York City.