2021 Supporting Municipalities Through Ash Tree Management Grants

The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is accepting applications from municipalities seeking financial assistance for municipal ash tree management. With funding from the US Forest Service, this is a competitive grant opportunity that supports local planning and implementation of management to slow the spread of the invasive, non-native emerald ash borer (EAB) and mitigate the effects of ash tree decline and mortality in municipalities.

This funding is intended for all Vermont municipalities that are prepared to remove public ash trees threatened by EAB, plant new trees of different species to offset the loss of the ash trees, utilize public ash wood in effective and innovative ways, and/or plan and support ash tree management on high-use municipally owned land.

Supporting Vermont Municipalities Through Ash Tree Management Grants

The application process is now closed (as of Nov. 1st, 2020)

Available Funds

We are seeking municipal partners to receive cost-share grants of between $5,000 and $15,000 available for 2021. These funds will be distributed through a competitive grant review and selection process.

Required and Eligible Project Components

Projects should focus on managing the threat of emerald ash borer (EAB) to public ash trees and the urban and community forest, focusing on the rural road right-of-way environment, high-use municipally owned land, or effective and innovative use of ash wood from municipally owned trees. Projects should fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Removal of ash trees on municipally owned or managed land and replacement plantings of species other than ash
  • Development and implementation of effective and/or innovative management techniques and use of ash wood from public trees
  • Assessment, management planning, and active management of ash trees in high-use municipal areas such as parking areas, trailheads, and along trails in town forests or natural areas

Although not required, projects may also include other components directly related to managing the threat of EAB locally, including:

  • Increasing municipal staff capacity
  • Outreach and engaging property owners and the public

Grant Documents

Grant Overview

Grantee Insurance Guidance
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation Risk Assessment Questionnaire


For more information or assistance, contact the VT UCF staff listed below.

Helpful Resources

Learn about & look up your D-U-N-S number
Sample State of Vermont Grant Agreement
Emerald Ash Borer Management
Emerald Ash Borer in Vermont
Ash Tree Inventories
Vermont's Slow the Spread Recommendations
Vermont Trees for Streams Resource Guide
Tree Species for Riparian Planting in Vermont
Vermont Tree Selection Guidance
Vermont Tree Selection Tool 
Cornell: Recommended Urban Trees
Right Tree Right Place