MI Community Forestry Grants

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 21, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: Michigan

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General Information

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) has established the Community Forestry Grants program. Federal funding is provided by the USFS, State and Private Forestry, UCF Program (CFDA 10.664).

Cost-share funds will be available to communities and organizations on a competitive basis for UCF projects in Michigan. A total of up to $90,000 may be granted to eligible projects.

The purpose and objectives of this program include:

  • providing financial assistance to communities and organizations to support UCF projects,
  • building local community capacity to manage and care for trees through education and technical assistance,
  • developing long-term street/park and community forestry plans,
  • promoting projects that assist communities in developing sustainable local tree management programs,
  • improving public awareness and understanding of the benefits of preserving and expanding community tree cover,
  • promoting volunteerism and partnership between public, private and nonprofit organizations for public tree management,
  • implementing successful tree planting projects
  • enhancing the technical skills of people involved in planning, managing or maintaining urban and community forests and,
  • Promoting and celebrating Arbor Day, Tree City USA and related events.

Program Objective(s)

To provide information and technical assistance to municipal governments, schools, nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups for urban and community forest activities such as tree inventories, management plans, planting and other maintenance activities.


Projects that develop or enhance urban and community forestry resources in Michigan.

Project categories 

Management & Planning

Includes activities such as:

  • street and park tree inventories
  • community forestry management plans
  • urban tree canopy (UTC) assessments
  • tree ordinance development/revision
  • tree protection plans
  • street/landscape/arboretum designs and plans
  • purchase of tree inventory software (one time only)
  • temporary staffing support (labor/admin, students/interns – 1yr max)

(Maximum grant request: $20,000.00)

Education and Training 

Includes activities such as:

  • develop/host urban forestry related workshops purchase of tree care education materials, such as books, videos and brochures 
  • registration expenses for worker training events
  • initial costs of certification for in-house employees by the International Society of Arboriculture
  • develop/host youth education programs
  • develop/purchase tree ID tags, interpretive trail signage, etc.

NOTE - Educational products developed may be locally focused but ideally will have statewide or regional applicability and include a mechanism for information distribution.

(Maximum grant request: $10,000.00)

Tree Planting 

Includes the following activities only:

  • Tree planting on publicly accessible property
  • streets, parks, rights-of-way, schools, botanical gardens, and neighborhood common spaces.

NOTE - Reimbursement will be made towards the purchase of trees only. Planting costs are not reimbursable, but may be used towards the match obligation. See tree planting information details below for eligible amounts and allowed reimbursement rates.

(Maximum grant request: $3,000.00)

Arbor Day Celebrations

Includes activities such as: 

  • Arbor Day tree planting (typically one tree)
  • Arbor Day/Tree City celebration supplies/materials (brochures, pencils, stickers, awards etc.).
  • Library books/materials related to regional natural resource issues. All materials must be approved by the grant supervisor.

(Maximum grant request: $500.00)

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


  • Applications will be accepted from the following:
    • local units of government (e.g. city, village, township, county, school district, public university, and other legal entities of local government)
    • tribal governments
    • non-profit organizations ([501(c)(3)] or other granted legal status)
  • This is a 1:1 cost share match program.


  • Priority consideration will be given to first-time applicants and to those who have not received any DNR-administered UCF program grants in the last year.


  • Individual and private businesses are not eligible to apply, but may partner with an eligible organization on a proposal. 
  • Maintenance projects (e.g., tree trimming, removal, etc.) are not eligible.