Urban Forestry Grant Resources

Your Go-To source for urban forestry grants

How to Use This Page

Looking for urban forestry funding? You’ve come to the right place. Scroll down to look through our continuously updated list of urban forest grant opportunities, organized by region and state.

Once you hone in on a relevant grant, use the Learn More button to go to the grant website. Ready to apply? Our Urban Forestry Consultants have helped many communities submit and win grants. Use the button below to start a conversation with our consultants about getting your program goals funded.

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National and Regional Grant Opportunities

Environmental Protection Agency

Inflation Reduction Act Community Change Grants Program

Applications Due November 21st, 2024

EPA’s new Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants program (Community Change Grants) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for approximately $2 billion dollars in Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funds in environmental and climate justice activities to benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges. These place-based investments will be focused on community-driven initiatives to be responsive to community and stakeholder input. They are designed to deliver on the transformative potential of the IRA for communities most adversely and disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution, and historical disinvestments. 

Transportation Funding

Explore Various Opportunities via City Parks Alliance Page

With the influx of federal transportation dollars through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and FY 2023 budget package, City Parks Alliance is highlighting and educating members on the tremendous number of transportation programs that could be beneficial to their park and trail projects.

These programs include planning, capital projects, and technical assistance that aid with the creation of linear parks, trails, park access, and recreational facilities. Several of these programs have a focus on improving public safety, climate resilience, and equitable access to green space and recreation.

State Grant Opportunities

Opportunities are listed alphabetically

California Forestry Grants

California Urban and Community Forestry Inflation Reduction Act

APPLICATION DEADLINE 05/30/2024

In 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program awarded $1.5 billion to states, projects, and national initiatives that support urban communities in ensuring equitable access to trees and their benefits via the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. The USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program is a covered program under President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, established through Executive Order 13985. The Inflation Reduction Act provides up to $1.5 billion for Urban and Community Forestry investments across the nation that foster:

1) Increased and equitable access to urban tree canopy and associated human health, environmental,
and economic benefits in disadvantaged communities,

2) Broadened community engagement in local urban forest planning, tree planting, and management
activities, and

3) Improved community and urban forest resilience to climate change, extreme heat, forest pests and
diseases, and storm events through best management and maintenance practices.

Connecticut Forestry Grants

Current and Upcoming Grant Opportunities Through 2024 

Connecticut’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is gearing up for its most robust menu of grant offerings ever! Nearly $3 million will be available through 2028 to support urban and community forestry projects through the programs outlined below. Each grant program will have different award amounts, eligibility criteria, cost-share requirements, and will support different activities.

Check back periodically for request for proposals (RFP), applications, and additional details on these programs. The Urban and Community Forestry program will be holding office hours throughout the fall to help potential applicants navigate grant program criteria and support the proposal development and application process.  Check back periodically for office hours and other grant announcements. 

Florida Forestry Grants

Urban and Community Forestry-Inflation Reduction Act Grant Program

Due by April 18th, 2024

The purpose of Florida’s Urban and Community Forestry-Inflation Reduction Act (UCFIRA) grant program is to provide financial assistance to local governments, Native American tribal governments, volunteer groups, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to initiate or enhance local urban and community forestry programs and improve the urban environment within the state of Florida. This will be accomplished by providing funding to generate and maintain healthy urban forests in disadvantaged communities. The state of Florida anticipates an allocation of $365,000 for fiscal year 2024.

 

Massachusets Forestry Grants

Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants

Intent to apply: October 1 / Application Deadline: November 1

Annual grant opportunity for municipalities and nonprofit groups in Massachusetts to improve and protect their urban forests. These 50/50 matching grants help develop, grow and sustain programs that plant, protect and maintain a community’s public tree resources and develop partnerships with residents and community institutions.

Mississippi Forestry Grants

Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

Application deadline is April 15th, 2024

The Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program was created to aid in the development of long-term, self-sustaining urban and community forestry programs. Funds are available on an 80% Federal/20% non-Federal matching basis through competitive grant proposals.

New Mexico Forestry Grants

Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Governmental

applications accepted year round

The State of New Mexico, Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), Forestry Division  is seeking applications for urban and community forestry projects to assist communities in developing and maintaining sustainable stewardship of urban and community forestry resources in New Mexico

Eligible applicants  are non-federal governmental entities, including public colleges and universities and tribes (as long as other federal money is not involved).  Projects located on lands owned or administered by the federal government are not eligible for this funding.

Applications may request any amount up to $60,000.00. The Forestry Division reserves the right to partially fund projects. Project contacts will be notified by the Forestry Division Program Manager before any partial funding is approved. 

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