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Support urban trees with a Community Forestry grant

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Looking for resources to improve urban forest management and better connect people to trees and forests? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for Community Forestry grants.

Eligible organizations including local and tribal governments, educational institutions and nonprofits can apply for grants of $1,000-$25,000 with a 1-1 match for projects that increase urban forest cover or improve community forest care and management.

Projects may include tree inventories and assessments, tree planting and maintenance, Arbor Day celebrations, training and outreach, urban forestry technology and others.

Projects should align with state goals outlined in the Michigan Forest Action Plan and a pledge to plant 50 million trees by 2030 as part of the DNR’s MI Trees initiative.

Submit applications by Sept. 23. Projects must be completed by Sept. 1, 2023.

Questions? Contact Urban and Community Forestry program coordinator Kevin Sayers, 517-582-3209, or urban forester Lawrence Sobson, 313-316-4137.

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Get a grant application and more details about the DNR's Community Forestry grant program criteria, eligibility, timelines and reporting. For more assistance, save the link to your calendar for a one-hour informational webinar for grantees at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, where you can get tips and ask program managers questions.