The NYSUFC currently offers two kinds of grants: Quick Start and Tree City USA Reward. Follow the Council blog or subscribe to the monthly Taking Root e-news for heads-up on the next round of each grant.
Quick Start Grants
Through U.S. Forest Service funding, the NYSUFC offers Quick Start 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 2020, twelve communities received Quick Start awards, and the Council was able to award over $11,700 in grant requests. The grant application period is usually announced early in the calendar year.
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. In 2020, the NYSUFC issued twenty Tree City USA Reward grants of up to $1000 each to communities that had been a Tree City USA for at least the past five years.