Community Forest Stewardship Grants

Agency: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Description and Eligible Activities: A pilot project with an initial round of funding. To aid communities in putting forest stewardship into practice and to help connect the local citizens to their forest and the benefits these forests provide-including a local source of wood products, clean water, biodiversity and wildlife habitat. These are 50-50 matching reimbursement grants.


Eligible Applicants: Municipalities that have town forest or water supply land currently enrolled in the Forest Stewardship Program.

Estimated Application Deadline: Twice yearly; September 30 and May 30.

Average Grant Size: $1,000 to a maximum of $15,000

FY 2011 Spending: $30,000

FY 2012 Spending: Awaiting allocation approval

Contact: Mike Downey, (978)368-0126 ext. 129

Forest Stewardship Planning Grants for Private and Town Forest lands

Agency: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Description and Eligible Activities: Encourages landowners to practice long-term guardianship through the development of a management plan for their woodlands.. Recognizing both the ecological and social values of our forests, the program is designed to improve wildlife habitat and forest aesthetics, to protect soil and water resources, and to increase the potential for high-quality wood products. There is no minimum acreage, except that properties of less than 10 acres are not eligible for Forest Stewardship Plan preparation cost-sharing. Participating landowners may own a maximum of 1,000 acres (or up to 5,000 acres with a special waiver).


Eligible Applicants: Individuals, joint owners, groups and associations, non-profits, long term lease holders, and corporations without publicly traded stock are all eligible. Owners principally engaged in the primary processing of raw wood products are not eligible.

Estimated Application Deadline: Rolling

Average Grant Size: Grants range from $350 to $6,600.

Average # of Grants: 200

FY 2010Spending: $412,000

Contact: Mike Downey, (978)368-0126 ext. 129

Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants

Agency: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Description and Eligible Activities: Assists in building support for the long term protection and management of community trees and forests. These are 50-50 matching grants. This program is a merger of 3 former separate grant programs: Mass ReLeaf, Planning and Education, and heritage Grants.


Eligible Applicants: Municipalities and non-profits groups in Massachusetts communities of all sizes

Estimated Application Deadline: November 1 and May 1

Average Grant Size: $15,300

Average # of Grants: 12

FY 2010 Spending: $184,333

Contact: Julie Coop 617-626-1468 Email:


This information is provided by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Office of Grants and Technical Assistance

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