EPF grants available for urban forestry projects

Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants are now available to municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations that have a public ownership interest in the property or are acting on behalf of a public property owner. Communities may request from $2,500 to $62,500, depending on municipal population, with a 50/50 match requirement.

Eligible projects include tree inventories and management plans; tree planting and maintenance; green infrastructure projects including green roofs and rain gardens.

Additionally, $1,000 Quick Start Arbor Day grants, with no match requirement will be available to help communities generate support for a tree program with an Arbor Day celebration.

Grant proposals will be evaluated as to cost effectiveness, projected benefits, use of recommended standards in implementation,community outreach and education, support, and regional impact. Appropriate consideration should be given to under-served neighborhoods, as well as environmental issues that could be addressed with green solutions. DEC foresters are available to provide applicants with technical assistance. Grant applications may be obtained on the DEC website or by contacting Urban Forestry, Division of Lands and Forests, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway,Albany, NY 12233-4253, by phone at (518) 402-9425 or by email.

Applications must be postmarked or delivered by 4:00 p.m. February 10, 2011.

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