At an event today in New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced more than $1 billion in grants to increase equitable access to trees and green spaces in urban and community forests where more than 84% of Americans live, work and play. The grant funding is available to community-based organizations, tribes, state and municipal governments, nonprofit partners, universities, and other eligible groups as they work to increase tree cover in urban spaces and boost equitable access to nature.

Along with the open grant funding opportunity, the Forest Service is providing up to $250 million to states and territories to further their competitive grant efforts to support urban communities through equitable access to trees and the benefits they provide.

This funding is made possible through investments from the Inflation Reduction Act.

Applications for the competitive grant opportunity are being accepted from April 12, 2023 to June 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

For information on how to apply for federal Urban and Community Forestry grants, visit the Forest Service website, or using the opportunity number USDA-FS-2023-UCF-IRA-01. For more information on funding to states and territories, visit the state allocations webpage. To learn how to apply for state or territory-administered subgrants, contact local state forestry agencies.

Please stay tuned to the Forest Service website for more information.