Delawareans can sign up for an “Urban and Community Forestry Grant Workshop,” planned for next month at the Department of Agriculture in Dover.
Communities across the state can learn about the 2018 Urban Forestry grant and how to apply at the February 13th workshop.
“The Urban Grant Workshop is designed for communities, homeowner associations and non-profit’s to learn more about the application process for this year’s Urban and Community Forestry grants. The goal of the workshop is to explain to people how the application process works, what they need to include in their applications to hopefully successfully secure a grant,” said John Peterson, the community relations officer with the Delaware Forest Service.
Municipalities, homeowner associations and non-profits can apply for grants of up to $5,000 for a project. The program seeks to increase urban tree canopies statewide and promote proper stormwater management to improve air and water quality.
In 2017, the Delaware Forest Service handed out over $94,000 in grants to 34 community projects.
The grant application deadline is March 2nd. And applicants must be able to deliver a 50-50 match - though that can be done with volunteer labor, donated materials and services, or funding sources.
The grants are funded by the U.S Forestry Service and the state. The Feb. 13th workshop runs from 6-8 p.m.
“It’s free and open to the public, but we do require that people register. So they can register either at the link on delawaretrees.com. As soon as you land on delawaretrees.com, the link is right there,” Peterson said.