2022 Growing Urban Forests in the Face of Emerald Ash Borer Grants

Interplanting between existing ash trees in Burlington.  The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is accepting applications from municipalities seeking financial assistance for tree planting and reforestation efforts in consideration of the impact of the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) on all species of native ash trees.  This grant program will support:

  • Tree planting in the public right-of-way or on public spaces such as parks and village greens; and
  • The establishment or enhancement of municipal tree nurseries.

With special funding from the US Forest Service, this competitive grant opportunity supports resilient urban and community forests specifically focused on Vermont's most populated areas.  This funding is intended for municipalities in a U.S. Census-defined urban area or urban cluster that are prepared to plant trees to offset the loss of public ash trees due to EAB. 

2022 Growing Urban Forests in the Face of Emerald Ash Borer Grants

Applications due Friday, October 29th 2021

Available Funds

This grant program will allocate a total of $60,000 through cost-share grants of between $3,000 and $15,000 to support projects that will be completed by December 31st, 2022. These funds will be distributed through a competitive grant review and selection process.  

Eligible Municipalities

Vermont municipalities included within a U.S. Census-defined urban area or urban cluster are eligible for funding.  Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, eligible municpalities are:

Barre City
Barre Town
Essex Junction
Fair Haven
Newport City
Rutland City
South Burlington
St. Albans City
St. Johnsbury
West Rutland

This list is consistent with the Vermont 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts Report, issued July 2012 by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Click for more information on Census definitions and reference maps for urban areas and urban clusters.  

As 2020 U.S. Census information and data are released, the eligible municipalities list may change.  If you would like to discuss your municipality's potential eligibility, please contact elise.schadler@vermont.gov

Required and Eligible Project Components

Projects should create and foster more resilient urban forests by diversifying species planted in public rights-of-way and public places, specifically addressing the loss of public ash trees due to the invasive emerald ash borer and the positive impact of replacement urban tree planting.  Projects must include components of one or more of the following focus areas: 

1. Tree planting in public rights-of-way or on public places in proximity to prior ash removals;
2. Interplanting species other than ash within public rights-of-way or in public places, in preparation for the eventual removal of ash trees; and/or
3. The establishment or enhancement of a municipal tree nursery to grow trees that will eventually be planted within public rights-of-way or on public place to replace or offset removed ash trees.  

Although not required, projects may also include one or more other components directly related to EAB and resilient urban forests, including:

  • Increasing municipal staff capacity to plan for and manage public trees,
  • Public outreach and engagement, and
  • Ensuring the establishment and success of any trees planted through the propoed project.

Grant Documents

Grant Overview

Grant Application - fillable PDF

Note: if using the fillable PDF, download the form to your computer BEFORE beginning to fill it out. 

Grant Application - Word



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
UCF Grant FAQs
Emerald Ash Borer Management
Emerald Ash Borer in Vermont
Ash Tree Inventories
Vermont's Slow the Spread Recommendations
Vermont Tree Selection Guidance
Vermont Tree Selection Tool 
Cornell: Recommended Urban Trees
Right Tree Right Place