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Annual grant opportunity for municipalities and nonprofit groups in Massachusetts to improve and protect their urban forests. These 50/50 matching grants help develop, grow and sustain programs that plant, protect and maintain a community's public tree resources and develop partnerships with residents and community institutions.
This Challenge program consists of 50-50 matching grants (projects serving environmental justice neighborhoods are 75-25 grant match. See Environmental Justice section for details.) offered to municipalities and non-profit groups in Massachusetts communities of all sizes for the purpose of building local capacity for excellent urban and community forestry at the local and regional level.
For the purpose of these grants, Urban and Community Forestry refers to professional management (planting, protection and maintenance) of a municipality's public tree resources in partnership with residents and community institutions.
This grant program seeks to fund projects which will result in sustained improvements in local capacity for excellent urban and community forestry management.
Intent to Apply Deadline: October 1st
Application Deadline: November 1st
Match Rate: 50/50
Match Rate for Environmental Justice Projects: 75/25
Eligible groups include all units of local government and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Local tree departments and citizen tree groups are specifically encouraged to apply.
Here are some examples of eligible projects:
The DCR, in collaboration with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA). offers competitive challenge grants for projects that serve environmental justice (EJ) populations. If your town or city is home to environmental justice neighborhoods and grant work will serve environmental justice populations, you can apply as an Environmental Justice applicant for a 75-25 matching grant. Projects must take place entirely within EJ areas.
Eligible groups include all units of local government and nonprofit 501(c) (3) organizations that are working in environmental justice communities in Massachusetts. As a result of EOEEA’s 2002 Environmental Justice Policy, MassGIS has identified and mapped EJ populations.
If you or your organization is considering applying for this grant, you must submit this Intent to Apply Form. You may submit it at any during the year, and our staff will follow up with you on your idea. Final full proposals are due once a year on November 1. Your Intent to Apply Form must be received at least one month in advance of this deadline
An Evaluation Committee will score and rank the applications based on their relative strengths. The Committee will make recommendations on applications to the DCR Commissioner and the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, who will make final determinations.
The criteria for rating proposals include:
Once the grants are awarded, recipients are reimbursed for satisfactory work completed within the contract period. (Projects cannot begin until the contract is signed by the Commissioner of the DCR.) Funds are not provided up front. Final receipts for reimbursement must be submitted along with verification of matching expenses or in-kind services. Completed reimbursement forms shall be submitted to the Department within 60 days of contract completion. Grantees can expect reimbursement within 45 days of receipt submittal.