The New York State Urban Forestry Council is pleased to announce available funding for New York communities who aren’t yet a Tree City USA to hold a Spring 2022 tree planting and ceremony event. Communities can apply for up to $1,000. Funding has been provided by the USDA Forest Service. INFO AND BRIEF APPLICATION PACKET
The intent of this grant is to help municipalities move toward becoming a Tree City USA Community by planting trees and holding an Arbor Day ceremony in the spring of 2022. Tree City USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation.
Communities are eligible if they intend to work toward Tree City status but are lacking any of the components of the Tree City USA program. The four components are having a tree ordinance, a tree board, $2/capita budgeted for trees, and an annual Arbor Day tree planting celebration with proclamation. (Definitions and details of those components can be found on the Tree City USA website.)
Eligible projects for Quick Start grant funding will include planting trees and holding an Arbor Day ceremony, which does not have to be on the official Arbor Day (April 29 in 2022) but must occur in the spring of 2022.
Eligible expenses may include but are not limited to trees, mulch, soil, printing of a program, and advertising to publicize the event. Communities that are currently a Tree City USA or are a recipient of previous NYS Urban Forestry Council Arbor Day Community Grants are ineligible.
Applications are due (postmarked) by 5pm on February 10, 2022.