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Developing Urban and Community Forests

May 03, 2023 at 10:47 pm by Amanda Lai

Image of ferns in forest with text that says " Urban & Community Forestry Grants Program Now accepting applications"

Grant Opportunity: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Urban & Community Forestry Grants Program provides funding for government and nonprofit entities to implement successful tree inventory,  forest management planning, tree planting, tree maintenance, or educational programming projects in order to develop urban and community forests.
Grants are available in the following categories:
  • UCF1 (Tree Inventory and Community Forest Management Plan) Grants will support projects to 1.) collect data on the size, species, health, and geographic distribution of the urban forest as well as environmental issues that are presently impacted by existing trees or could be impacted by planting on strategic sites or 2.) develop a vision for the long-term community forest and a strategy for how to care for the community trees, budgets and work plans, or basic in-house training/meeting of responsible staff.
  • UCF2 (Tree Planting & Tree Maintenance) Grants will support projects to 1.) plant trees in the urban/ community forest location supervised by a certified arborist or natural resource professional or 2.) manage and maintain the urban/ community forest location, including damage remediation.
Eligibility: NYS units of government or municipalities, including counties, cities, towns, villages, public benefit corporations, public authorities, municipal corporations, soil and water conservation districts, colleges and universities, and Indian nations or tribes, as well as NYS nonprofits are eligible to apply.
Grant Amount and Grant Period: The award amount will range between $10,000 and $75,000 for projects taking place in communities with a population of less than 65,000. For projects taking place in communities with a population greater than 65,000, the award amount will range between $10,000 and $100,000. The grant period is two years.
Important Dates:
  • Deadline for submitting UCF1 Applications: June 21st, 2023
  • Deadline for submitting UCF2 Applications: August 16th, 2023
For more information: For more information, click here for the grant website.
Brockport Research Institute is a NYS-certified woman-owned business enterprise that provides grant-writing, evaluation, project management, and professional learning services.  If you or your organization are interested in this grant and want to know how Brockport Research Institute can help, please contact us at or 1585-431-3416. Brockport Research Institute is not affiliated with this grant program or the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.