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Urban Canopy Restoration Grant

Ohio communities have faced a significant decrease in urban tree canopy from invasive insects and disease, extreme weather events, and development pressures. At the height of Ohio’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation, Ohio lost more than 10,000 acres of urban tree canopy each year, totaling an estimated $9.3 million net loss in benefits per year. This decline has been offset by federal, state, and local efforts to increase canopy, but much remains to equally restore Ohio’s urban tree canopy to pre-EAB levels.

Funds supplied by the USDA Forest Service for this grant program are intended to address the critical need to restore and improve urban forests, reduce stormwater runoff, and reduce the impact of climate change, while building resiliency through tree planting in urban communities where trees are critical to human health.

Requirements

  • Ohio cities, villages, and townships are eligible to submit proposals for tree planting on non-federal, public lands.
  • Grant funding requests may be in the range from $2,500 to $25,000.
  • This is a 50/50 match grant program based on reimbursable costs.
  • Federal grant monies awarded under this program will be paid only upon evidence of project completion, and approval of eligible expenses and required 1:1 non-federal match.
  • Applications must be submitted by the deadline with all required attachments, to tyler.stevenson@dnr.ohio.gov

Timeline

  • Application deadline is October 14, 2022.
  • Awards announced by October 27, 2022.
  • Projects must be completed by December 31, 2023.