The NYSUFC currently offers two kinds of grants: Quick Start and Tree City USA Reward. Applications for Quick Start grants are currently being accepted for spring 2022 planting events.
Quick Start Grants for Spring 2022: Applications due February 10, 2022
Tree City USA Reward Grants: Next Round TBA
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Quick Start Grants
Through U.S. Forest Service funding, the NYSUFC offers Quick Start competitive grants of up to $1,000 each to small communities who want to pursue Tree City USA status, starting with an inaugural Arbor Day tree planting celebration in spring or fall.
TREE CITY USA Reward Grants
The intent of this grant is to encourage municipalities to sustain their community forestry program and maintain their status as a Tree City USA through a celebratory tree planting in which large specimen trees or a grove of trees are planted in a prominent location within the community. The grants are made possible by a combination of U.S. Forest Service grant funds and unrestricted NYSUFC funds; applicants are sought in spring and/or fall and must have been a Tree City USA for at least the past five years.
In the fall of 2021, the NYSUFC issued Tree City USA Reward grants of up to $1000 each to these communities: Village of Bellerose, Village of Canton, Town of Colonie, Town of DeWitt, Town of Greenburgh, Village of Massena, Village of Rhinebeck, Village of Saugerties, Village of Scottsville, Town of Smithtown, Village of Tarrytown, and Town of Woodstock.