VT Urban and Community Forestry: Caring for Canopy Grants

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 17, 2021

Fields of work: Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration Forestry

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Vermont

Location of residency: Vermont

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Community Caring for Canopy Grants act as seed funding to help communities care for their publicly managed trees and forests by taking the necessary actions to developing and sustaining a community-wide tree program. These grants allow for multiple program components (e.g. tree planting, tree maintenance, tree inventory, plan development, emerald ash borer preparedness, public outreach, and program development) to be merged into one grant application for ease and flexibility.

Cost Share Requirements

Funds will be awarded on a 50─50 (State/local) match basis. The match may be in the form of cash, services, or in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions include the cash value for volunteer assistance in planning and all grantee personnel/staff labor, as well as the donation of professional services or materials. Example: The value of volunteer time assisting in a street tree inventory or tree planting are considered an in-kind contribution and an eligible match. 

Costs contributed as match must be eligible as described in the preceding section, Eligible Costs. Volunteer time contributed as match must be documented on a sign-in sheet to include dates, hours of work performed, and signatures. The State will provide a form on which to report matching funds.

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


  • Who may apply
    • Municipalities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply for an EAB Municipal Planning grant.
    • Non-profit organizations will need to provide a written letter of support from the municipality(ies) where the work will occur.
  • Eligible Project Components - Projects must relate to urban and community forestry in publicly managed spaces, take place in Vermont, and may consist of one or more of the following program components: 
  • Eligible costs are those necessary for completing the project.
    • Costs must be documented, reasonable, and consistent within the scope of the project, in accordance with Uniform Guidance 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart E, Cost Principles. Examples include 
      • Cost of services, supplies, equipment, or facilities used on the project.
      • Value of labor, services, supplies, equipment or facilities donated to the project by third parties.
      • Salaries and fringe benefits of people working directly on the project. 


  • These grants support planning and management but do not include tree removal or chemical treatment.