NUCFAC has announced that up to $900,000 will be available for the Innovation Grant Category. This year’s priority issue is Prepare for Pests, Threats, Natural Disasters and Associated Changes and Risks. Communities throughout the U.S. are continually encouraged to create tree inventories, urban tree canopy assessments, urban forest master plans, update codes and ordinances and also prepare for exotic invasive pests, storms, and climate change. These latter issues transcend traditional municipal boundaries and therefore have a potential for a much larger impact. NUCFAC grants aim to create larger landscape scale projects that can be replicated throughout the country and can help you with these types of issues.
Potential Innovation grantees are encouraged to work collaboratively with other organizations and entities not traditionally involved in urban and community forestry, as well as other geographical areas to test the national application.
Eligibility and Funding
Eligible Applicants: Any U.S. non-federal organization or tribal agency operating within the United States or its territories may apply for the Challenge Cost-Share grant. While collaboration with federal agencies is encouraged, a federal agency may not receive funding or be used as a match to the federal funds being requested. Individuals and private land are not eligible. Proposals are required to address national or multi-state, multi-tribal land urban and community forestry issues.
Not Eligible: If an entity has local/state tree-planting projects, capital improvements to property of any ownership, and/or projects that have only a local impact and applicability, the applicant is not eligible. Contact your State Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for assistance.
The grant deadline is April 30, 2018. To learn more, view the RFP. Please be advised that the grant review process does take about nine months to a year once proposals are received.
Davey would love to partner with you on your project idea. Over the years we have been a part of several successful NUCFAC projects. A recently completed highly successful project is the Trees & Stormwater tool. For more information about this project you can view the write up in our last Newsletter. If you would like to discuss the possibility of applying for a NUCFAC grant please contact your Regional Business Developer or Josh Behounek.