Grants totaling $120,000 are available for urban forestry projects through the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.
The funds, administered by the DNR's Community and Urban Forestry program (CUF), are part of a 2012 grant from the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area.
Municipalities, counties, and 501(c)(3) non profits that have not received a grant in the last two years, are eligible to apply for project funds.
Types of projects eligible for funding include purchasing and planting of trees, hiring arboriculture professionals to inventory and manage risk trees, hiring consultants to do public tree inventories and management plans, sponsoring Arbor Day celebrations, traveling to urban forestry workshops and conferences, and developing street tree and woodlot conservation ordinances to preserve, protect, and maintain urban forests. A complete list of eligible funding projects is included with the grant guidelines.
Grant requests must be equally matched by cash, in-kind, or a mix of cash and in-kind services and donations. The deadline to apply is Oct. 30. Award announcement is expected Nov. 3. Project startup is to be spring 2013.
For a copy of grant guidelines and application, contact Pam Louks at (317) 234-6568 or plouks@dnr.IN.gov