ME Project Canopy Assistance Grants

Maine Forest Service


Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 13, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 6, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Maine

Location of residency: Maine

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Overview:

NOTE: To be eligible to apply for 2018 Project Canopy Assistance grants, all applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to submitting an application (excluding previous workshop attendees). The grant workshop is web-based and is scheduled for the "letter of inquiry" deadline above. 

Project Canopy

A collaboration between the Maine Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine, Project Canopy is Maine's urban and community forestry program. Our Mission: Create and maintain healthy urban and community forests for or economic, ecological, and quality of life benefits for Mainers.

Project Canopy works to keep Maine's communities green and liveable by working with municipalities and non-profits to help manage public tree resources. Through our grant program and technical assistance, we promote planting and maintaining of trees in Maine communities. Whether we support planting street trees downtown or a management plan development for town forests, Project Canopy works to help Maine communities stay leafy and green.

Project Canopy Assistance Grants

Project Canopy Assistance Grants are available to state, county, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing community forestry projects and programs. Project Canopy, delivered to you by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service, anticipates that $75,000 will be available to support community forestry projects in the following categories:

Planning and Education 

  • $10,000 maximum award

Projects support sustainable community forestry management, and efforts to increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests.

Planting and Maintenance

  • $8,000 maximum award
Projects increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance.

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

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible to apply for Project Canopy Assistance grants, all applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to submitting an application.
  • Grants are available to state, county, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing community forestry projects and programs.
  • This is a 50/50 (Project Canopy/local) match program based on reimbursable costs. The maximum amount of federal funds awarded may not exceed 50% of the project cost. 
  • Eligible Costs:
    • The only costs eligible for reimbursement are those associated with one or more of the following:
      • Fees charged by private contractors and/or consultants.
      • Purchase of essential supplies and materials.
      • Purchase and planting of trees, along with maintenance during the grant period. Three-year maintenance with a 90% survival rate is expected on all plantings, however, maintenance costs outside of the grant period are ineligible.
      • Costs associated with site preparation and soil amendments. 

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible Costs (And NOT allowed as part of the community's cost-share):
    • This cost-share program is for projects and/or activities not currently funded. It is not intended to be a substitute for existing funding levels. The focus of the program is to support new initiatives that would not otherwise occur during the funding cycle.
    • Purchase of machinery or equipment.
    • Construction of any kind, e.g. sidewalks or roads.
    • Purchase of land or land charges.
    • Purchase of plant material classified as invasive species by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.
    • Purchase and planting of Norway maples (Acer platanoides) (including cultivars).
    • Purchase and planting of ash species (Fraxinus sp.)– due to likelihood of eventual spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis).
    • Normal, community wide periodic maintenance of utility (telephone, electric, and cable) lines unless it is site specific and necessary to the project.