MT Urban and Community Forestry Grants: Program Development Grants

Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

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Anticipated deadline: Nov 8, 2020

Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $10,000

Fields of work: Forestry

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit, College / University

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

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: Montana

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Program Development Grants

The Urban & Community Forestry program offers grants to improve the health of community forests.

Program Development grants are grants providing local governments funds to build and develop their urban forestry programs. Projects may involve tree inventories, an Urban Forest Management Plan, revising a Tree Ordinance, or conduct an innovative urban forestry project.

Program Purpose

Program Development grants aim to enhance and improve upon a community’s urban forestry program. These grants will support goals identified by the Forest Service and DNRC for 2017, which include:

  • Advancing inventory, monitoring, and assessment information
  • Encouraging healthy and resilient landscapes
  • collaborating with partners and organizations to leverage ideas and resources
  • Supporting local economy, opportunities for underserved groups, educational enrichment.

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


  • Eligible applicants:
    • Montana cities, towns, counties, universities, non-profits and tribal governments interested in conducting innovative projects in urban forestry. 
  • Projects may include tree inventories, development of an urban forest management plan, or urban forestry public awareness efforts. 
  • Reimbursable expenses may include: 
    • Personnel Expenses - Cost of hiring seasonal employees or special staff to carry out the project.
    • Operating Expenditures - Cost of purchasing appropriate supplies and materials to complete the project.
      • Examples include trees, planting supplies, equipment rental, media (public service announcements), printing, or educational elements related to urban forestry (such as workshops, speaker costs, educational publications or facility fees).
    • Contracted Professional Services - Costs related to hiring a consultant or contractor (arboriculture, forestry, landscape design, planning) or other professional for this project.
    • Indirect Costs – An organization’s Indirect Rate for administration and expenses not directly allocable to the grant – like electricity and insurance – multiplied by the project funding.
      • You may choose to waive indirect costs; if so, please indicate such in the project proposal.
  • Matching Funds: 
    • 50:50 (100%) match from applicant required.


  • Non-reimbursable expenses:
    • Capital assets - Examples of capital outlay are large equipment (bucket truck) and some types of hardscaping.
    • Irrigation - No more than 30% of the total grant amount awarded may be used for irrigation (i.e. max reimbursement for irrigation portion of a $10,000 grant is $3,000).
    • Other – Some examples include food, entertainment. Please review the subaward manual, p.7 for more guidance (link provided below).