Council’s New 2020 Tree City USA Reward Grants

Young hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) trio shading their hearts out. Photo by Michelle Sutton

The NYS Urban Forestry Council is pleased to announce available funding for communities to plant large specimen trees or a grove of trees in a prominent location within the community.

Communities in New York State that have been a Tree City USA for at least the past five years can apply for up to $1,000. Funding has been provided by the New York State Urban Forestry Council. Full Details, Application, and Contacts

Deadline is September 14th. 

Grant Goals

The intent of this grant is to encourage municipalities to sustain their community forestry program and maintain their status as a Tree City USA Community through a celebratory tree planting.

Tree City USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation. Please note that this grant is not associated with the Arbor Day Foundation, nor is it part of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program funded by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.


Communities are eligible if they have attained Tree City USA status and have maintained it for at least the past five years. Not-for-profits that work with such TCUSA communities are also eligible.

Eligible projects include

  • planting a large specimen tree in a prominent site within the community, accessible to the public
  • planting a grove of medium sized trees in a prominent site within the community, accessible to the public
  • an event to celebrate the community’s Tree City USA status and ongoing community forestry program

Eligible expenses may include but are not limited to trees, mulch, soil, event related costs like advertising. We recognize that large public gatherings are not the best option right now, so we encourage your creativity in sharing your celebration via social media, local publications, websites, or small gatherings where possible.

Eligible projects must be scheduled for the Fall of 2020 or the Spring of 2021. 

Selection Process:

Applications will be scored competitively and awarded from highest to lowest until the funding is depleted.

Please note: This is a reimbursement grant.  Funds will be paid once a final report is submitted. The final report should include a brief summary of event, photos, receipts for expenditures, and copies of materials or links to postings related to the event/planting.

Deadlines and how to apply:

Applications are due by 5pm on September 14, 2020 (see application).

Send completed applications to: NYS Urban Forestry Council, PO Box 562, Lima, NY 14485

or via email to (please put all information into one attachment).

Award recipients will be notified by September 30th.