2024 Grant Program

Our grants program in 2024 will be bigger than ever before. The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program will be administering nearly $500,000 through three separate categories of grants. The program will also be supporting two additional grant programs through other organizations.

Three VT UCF 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.

To aid in project and application development, we have created a 2024 VT UCF Grants Eligibility Map

VT UCF staff will host monthly 2024 Grants Office Hours as a chance for applicants to ask specific questions about the grant categories, application development, and submission process. These Office Hours will be held virtually using Microsoft Teams and pre-registration is not required. Meeting dates, times, and links are as follows:

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 Grants

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 Grants

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 Grants

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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