2024 Grant Program

THE 2024 GRANTS PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED; APPLICATIONS WERE DUE 1/5/24 AND AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS WERE MADE IN FEBRUARY. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN SEPTEMBER 2024 FOR INFORMATION ON OUR NEXT GRANTS PROGRAM.

 

Our 2024 grants program will be bigger than ever before. The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program will be administering nearly $500,000 through three separate categories of grants. 

Three grant categories are now open and accepting applications. Each grant category has different award amounts, eligibility criteria, and cost-share requirements. Applications for all three categories are due January 5th, 2024.

Summary of 2024 Grants  

Check out the 2024 VT UCF Grants Eligibility Map to explore project eligibility based on specific location or to see statewide eligibility for each grant category.   

Middlebury EAB Management Project

Communities Caring for Canopy

Our traditional grants category will continue to support a wide range of activities that move local urban and community forestry programs forward.

  • $70,000 available
  • $5,000 minimum award, $20,000 maximum
  • 1:1 cost-share requirement
  • Projects must be completed by October 31st, 2025
  • Eligibility: statewide

2024 Communities Caring for Canopy Grant Webpage  

Ash tree trunk and small flowering tree

Growing Urban Forests in the Face of Emerald Ash Borer

This category will support removal of ash trees and replanting of species other than ash within the public right-of-way and parks in urban areas and along corridors that lead to downtowns and village centers.

  • $125,000 available
  • $5,000 minimum award, $50,000 maximum
  • 1:1 cost-share requirement
  • Projects must be completed by October 31st, 2025
  • Eligibility: Projects must take place within a 1-mile radius of designated areas through the VT Agency of Commerce & Community Developments Designation Programs. This includes Designated Downtowns, Village Centers, New Town Centers, Growth Centers, and Neighborhood Development Areas. Learn more by visiting the ACCD Planning Atlas.

2024 Growing Urban Forests in the Face of EAB Grant Webpage

young tree planted in a green belt

Urban & Community Forestry Grants

Funded through an unprecedented one-time allocation from the US Forest Service, this category will support work in specific communities to increase and maintain a healthy urban canopy and access to nature.

  • $300,000 available
  • $5,000 minimum award, $50,000 maximum
  • No cost-share requirement
  • Projects must be completed by June 30th, 2026
  • Eligibility: Projects must take place in or directly serve “disadvantaged communities”, which are census tracts included in one or more of the following datasets:

2024 Urban & Community Forestry Grant Webpage

Additional Funding

In addition to these three grant categories, VT UCF will be also be supporting:

  • A third year of Fruit & Nut Tree Grants through the Vermont Garden Network 
  • A new Urban Tree Planting Grant block grant program (details forthcoming) 

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