Through the Urban & Community Forestry Program, the division has provided financial assistance to our communities each year since 1991. A portion of the division's annual allocation of Urban and Community Forestry Assistance funds from the US Forest Service is awarded to communities in the form of Challenge grants.
These grants are used to fund community forestry projects that solve a specific community forestry problem or demonstrate the importance of trees in our communities. The community or service organization must match challenge grants.
The Division has developed the challenge grant program to require increased commitment and effort from a community. The criteria for the challenge grant are outlined below in highest to lowest priority:
- Professional Services — ($5,000)
- Tree Inventory/Assessment — ($5,000)
- Existing Tree Care & Maintenance — ($1,000) — An applicant may receive a maximum of $1,000 per year for existing tree care & maintenance.
- Education/Training — ($5,000)
- New Tree Planting — ($1,000) — An applicant may receive a maximum of $1,000 per year for new tree plantings.
- Other Activities — ($5,000)
Grants have a maximum limit of $5,000. The required match may be met through volunteer labor, donated and/or purchased supplies, or actual cash expenditures.
Grant applications will be accepted at any time during the year. Application forms are available below, or by contacting the SDDA Resource Conservation and Forestry Division.