DE Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

Delaware Forest Service

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Delaware

Location of residency: Delaware

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Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is dedicated to preserving and enhancing Delaware’s community forests, which play a critical role in our quality of life. The trees in our cities and communities are a vital component of our forests as they provide a wide array of benefits including cleaner air and water, wildlife habitat, temperature moderation, and aesthetics.  

Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Program offers a range of technical and financial assistance programs to help municipalities, nonprofit groups, community associations, and homeowners to plant and care for their trees. As part of this mission, several informative publications and resources are available to help with proper planning and developing effective strategies for tree planting, care, and management.

The Delaware Forest Service has full-time forestry staff who assist cities, towns, and communities with the management and care of their urban forestry resources. These foresters can help guide your community in developing a management plan for its publicly owned forests (such as city or county parks, street trees, etc.). Foresters are able to do sick tree calls, answer tree questions, and make species and placement recommendations. Our staff also works with developers, planners, and engineers to help educate these individuals on methods to preserve trees during the development process. Your trees are a valued resource; don’t trust their care to just anybody. Hire an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist. An ISA-certified arborist is specially trained to care for individual trees. Tree work should only be done by those properly insured, trained,and equipped to work safely in trees.

Grant Program Objectives

  • Increase urban tree canopy throughout Delaware by promoting quality tree planting and management projects.
  • To diversify, enhance, and promote the proper stewardship of Delaware’s urban forest resources.
  • To encourage sustainable urban and community forestry programs throughout Delaware.
  • Promote proper storm water management practices for better air and water quality.

Grant funds can help communities develop an effective urban and community forestry program through the following types of projects:

  • Tree planting (urban forest buffers, street trees and open space plantings).
  • Tree management (tree risk assessments conducted by an ISA Certified Arborist). Tree management grants can be used for professionally developed tree inventories. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program’s competitive grants are open to all municipalities, community associations, and certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations within the State of Delaware.
  • All applications require a 50-50 cost-share match in either cash or in-kind services within program guidelines. 
  • Eligible projects must be performed on public lands within the community. 
  • Trees from the attached list (Recommended Trees for Planting) must be used if you are applying for a Tree Planting grant


  • Priority is given to first time applicants, Tree Friendly Communities, and applicants that have passed an Urban Tree Canopy Goal Resolution (only applies to Municipalities).


  • No payment will be made to individuals.
  • Urban and Community Forestry grants are not intended to provide ongoing funding.
  • Grants without 3 bids or a current contract (clearly stated) will NOT be considered.