RI America the Beautiful (ATB) Grant Program

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)


Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $4,000

Deadline: Jan 31, 2019 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Rhode Island

Location of residency: Rhode Island

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Overview:

The America the Beautiful (ATB) Grant Program provides funding for urban forestry projects. The ATB Grants are made possible through the USDA Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Program. These projects must be reflective of the needs of the community and should demonstrate the community’s commitment to urban forestry. It is our intention through the attached materials to direct focus regarding the types of projects that are most appropriate for funding through the ATB program. 

Funding Categories

Historically, ATB Grants have been awarded on a wide range of urban forestry projects. These projects must be reflective of the needs of the community and should demonstrate the community’s commitment to urban forestry. It is our intention through the attached materials to direct focus regarding the types of projects that are most appropriate for funding through the ATB program. 

The DFE has defined 3 focused categories of ATB grants for this grant application period. When submitting an application, an applicant is required to identify one of these three categories as reflective of the proposal. 

See full details of each category here.

The three categories are:

Municipal Urban Forestry Planning and Tree Planting

The purpose of this grant category is to encourage municipalities to better plan the management and maintenance of their urban forests so that proper growth and value of public trees will be increased. This category will also hope to promote and grow urban forestry at the local level, and engage communities in understanding the benefits of urban forestry, update them on what is happening around them, and encourage a personal pursuit of knowledge as it pertains to urban forestry. 

Management of Urban Forest Woodlands

Many urban woodlands, such as those found in public parks, suffer from extensive neglect and abuse. The purpose of this grant category is to assist municipalities and others in addressing the problems found all-too-commonly in these woodlands. In this category, projects such as urban woodland clean-up and restoration control of invasive plants will be considered. 

Education and Outreach

Projects submitted under the Education and Outreach category must conduct education activities about urban forestry. The education component should be designed to give participants the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions and responsible actions about trees and urban forests. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Who may apply?
    • All units of government.
    • Non-profit organizations.
    • Recognized community groups.
  • Minimum match – 60% of the total project required of grantee.