Other State Program and Private Foundations also offer grants related to Urban and Community Forestry in Massachusetts. Before applying for any grant program, we urge you to contact our staff to assist you (see contacts pages) as our staff has experience in applying for many of these programs.

DCR Greenways and Trails Demonstration Grants Program
Other DCR Grant Programs
Massachusetts Environmental Trust
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council Grants: Off Site
US EPA Environmental Grants: Off Site


Consider sitting down with your local Community Foundation and talking with them about ways to fund urban and community forestry locally.

Berkshire-Taconic Community Foundation, 271 Main Street , Great Barrington, MA, 01230 , Contact: Jennifer Dowley, (800) 969-2823, www.berkshiretaconic.org

The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington St. , Boston , MA 02116 , Contact: Paul Grogan, 617-338-1700, www.tbf.org

The Brookline Community Fund, 40 Webster Place , Brookline , MA 02447 , Contact: Betsy DeWitt, 617-566-4442

Cambridge Community Foundation, 99 Bishop Allen Drive , Cambridge , MA 02139 , Contact: Robert S. Hurlbut, Jr., (617) 576-9966

Community Foundation of Cape Cod, 259 Willow St., PO Box 406 , Yarmouthport , MA 02675 , Contact: Elizabeth Gawron, 800-947-2322, www.capecodfoundation.org

Crossroads Community Foundation, 21 Eliot Street , Natick , MA 01760 , Contact: Becca Donham, (508) 647-2260

Essex County Community Foundation, 49 Salem St. , Topsfield , MA 01983 , Contact: David Tory , (978) 887-8876, www.eccf.org

Greater Lowell Community Foundation, 169 Merrimack Street , 5th floor, Lowell , MA 01852 , Contact: David Kronberg, (978) 970-1600, www.glcfoundation.org

Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main St., Suite 650 , Worcester , MA 01608 , Contact: Ann T. Lisi, (508) 755-0980, www.greaterworcester.org

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, 915 South Street , Fitchburg , MA 01420 , Contact: Phillip Grzewinski, (978) 345-8383, www.cfncm.org

Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard , c/o Duke's County Bank, PO Box 602, West Tisbury , MA 02575 , Contact: John Ware, (508) 693-0721

South Shore and Neponset Valley Community Foundation, 430 Adams St. , Quincy , MA 02169 , Contact: Rick Iacobucci, (617) 471-3332

Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, 105 William Street , New Bedford , MA 02742 , Contact: Anne M. Beaulieu, (508) 996-8253, www.cfsema.org

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, 1500 Main Street, Suite 1800 , Springfield , MA 01115 , Contact: Sandra Eagleton, (413) 732-2858, www.communityfoundation.org

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund provides small grants and training to support truly grassroots environmental initiatives. For more information, go to www.grassrootsfund.org.

The V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation believes that the public deserves to be as well informed as possible on environmental issues, and that corporations and institutions should address environmental issues in a responsible way.

The Captain Planet Foundation provides grants ranging from $250 - $2,500 for projects that: promote understanding of environmental issues; focus on hands-on involvement; involve children and young adults 6-18 (elementary through high school); promote interaction and cooperation within the group; help young people develop planning and problem solving skills; include adult supervision and commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation (specific requirements are explained once the grant has been awarded).  Submission deadline December 31, 2003 .  For more info go on-line to: www.captainplanetfdn.org.

The Acorn Foundation supports projects dedicated to building a sustainable future for the planet and to restoring a healthy global environment.  The foundation is particularly interested in small and innovative community-based projects which: preserve and restore habitats supporting biological diversity and wildlife; advocate for environmental justice, particularly in low-income and indigenous communities; and prevent or remedy toxic pollution. The Acorn Foundation makes grants in the $5,000 to $10,000 range to grassroots organizations. Application deadlines for proposals are January 15th and June 15th (postmarked by these dates) for Spring and Fall grantmaking meetings. Decisions usually take at least 6 months from date of submittal.  More info is available on-line at www.commoncounsel.org/.

The Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust funds projects in New England in the areas of health, education and the environment and is particularly interested in projects that primarily benefit underserved populations and disadvantaged communities in New England, as well as projects that focus on prevention rather than remediation.  The Trust is interested in supporting environmental projects which will have a positive impact on: protection of critical natural resources; energy conservation; public awareness of the critical environmental issues facing the region; protection of the public's health, especially in low income or minority communities.    The trust is also interested in fostering collaborations among nonprofit organizations. Grant awards range from $25,000 - $ 75,000 (average award = $ 35,000).  The deadline for submitting concept papers is January 15 , April 15, July 15 and October 15.  For more information, contact: The Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, Select Client Services,  Hemenway & Barnes, 60 State Street, Boston, MA  02109-1899, (617) 227-7940, x 775, scs@hembar.com.

The Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund's Environment Program supports open space land acquisition. The Fund will consider projects throughout New England but has a preference for those in Massachusetts , particularly in the Boston area.  Submission deadlines for proposals are: February 1, June 1, and October 1. For more information and copy of grant guidelines, contact Jo Anne Borek, Executive Director, Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund, 10 Post Office Square, Suite 995 , Boston , MA 02109 -4603 or call (617) 451-6178.  

The Jane's Trust makes grants to organizations in Massachusetts and other geographic locations in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, and Health and Welfare. The Trustees are interested particularly in organizations and projects which primarily benefit underserved populations and disadvantaged communities. Grants range from $50,000 to $1,000,000. Approximately $9 million will be awarded annually for the next 35 years. In their environmental program area the Trust aims to protect and enhance the natural environment and to conserve natural resources in its geographical areas of interest. Grants for the environment will be made to support a variety of objectives, including:

  • Meaningful and innovative contributions to protection of critical or historically significant rural and urban natural resources;
  • Efforts that have a beneficial impact on the quality of life for underserved populations.

For more information see Jane's Trust

The Home Depot supports community forestry, and community forestry projects in local communities. There is a Home Depot Foundation which gives larger grants to support community forestry activities in the United States. The Home Depot Corporation and local stores give Community Impact Grants of up to $3,000, provide volunteers and materials in local communities. For more information see grants or contact your local store.