Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) Grant

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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Next anticipated deadline: May 17, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 5, 2021 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Forestry Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Missouri

Location of residency: Missouri

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Note: Applicants must consult with a local Department of Conservation forester by the 'letter of inquiry' deadline above. 

About Trim

TRIM is a competitive, cost-share tree care program administered by the Department and the Missouri Community Forest Council. The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance for the management, improvement, or conservation of our community forests. An additional three to six grants of $25,000 (maximum MDC share) may also be awarded each year. Applicants interested in both a $10,000 and a $25,000 grant must submit separate applications for each.

Projects eligible for TRIM funding include tree inventory, hazardous tree removal or pruning, tree planting, and volunteer and city/county employee training on how to best care for our community forests.

Program Goals

  • To assist Missouri communities in initiating or significantly improving their efforts to care for the community forest, 
  • To encourage communities to have a sustainable, balanced, and comprehensive community forestry  program.
    • A sustainable, balanced, and comprehensive community forestry program ideally should be based on a current tree inventory and managed with the guidance of a community forestry professional, 
  • To promote community forestry benefits through the proper management and care of trees in Missouri communities.

Eligible Activities

Activities are listed in order of priority.

  • Municipal tree ordinance development by a forestry consultant.
  • Development and adoption of a written community tree management plan or community readiness plan for addressing exotic insect or disease outbreaks;
  • Community tree inventories (hazardous tree survey and maintenance needs survey);
    • The format for all inventory projects must be compatible with i-Tree software (for more information, go to 
  • Management of ash (Fraxinus sp.) trees based on an existing community tree inventory;
    • Emerald ash borer is an exotic beetle found in many states, including Missouri.
    • Since its discovery, emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees, caused regulatory agencies to enforce quarantines and fines to prevent movement of the pest out of area, and cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators, and forest products industries tens of millions of dollars.
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  • Training of city employees and volunteers to improve community forestry practices;
  • Purchase of tree-care education materials, such as books, videos, and computer software;
  • Initial costs of certification for in-house employees by the International Society of Arboriculture;
  • Development and/or distribution of tree-care related educational materials, such as pamphlets, brochures, videos, PSAs, or door hangers (not produced for resale);
  • Removal of hazardous trees;
  • Pruning according to ANSI A300 specifications — no topping;
  • Tree-planting projects as part of a comprehensive tree management program;
  • The Missouri Forest Action Plan sets the strategy for tree management in Missouri by MDC.
    • Other activities not specifically listed here but that meet Issue Theme Eight needs in the Plan are desired.

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


  • Eligible applicants:
    • All units of government
    • Non-profit organizations registered with the State of Missouri
  • All projects must be located on publicly owned Missouri property.
  • Grant recipients can receive up to 60 percent of the money needed for their projects.
    • Projects located in communities with The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation are eligible for an additional 15 percent in matching funds.


  • Planting of ash (Fraxinus sp.) is ineligible for funding.