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Southern Pine Beetle Community Recovery Grants

The 2016 Southern Pine Beetle Community Recovery Grants application period is now closed.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Southern Pine Beetle Community Recovery Grants program provides funding that can be used to remove trees infested by southern pine beetle, make forests more resilient, and replace trees impacted by southern pine beetle in Nassau and/or Suffolk County.

Southern pine beetle has killed thousands of pine trees on Long Island since it was first discovered in 2014. These grants will help communities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties maintain public safety and recreational opportunities, and protect water quality, wildlife habitat, and endangered species by removing the dead trees and replanting in areas where trees have been killed.

Request for Applications

This page provides an overview of the available Southern Pine Beetle Community Recovery grant opportunity and should be used as a preliminary reference only. Refer to the full Request for Applications (RFA), available on the NYS Grants Gateway (link leaving DEC's website), for details on the application process, eligibility requirements, project scoring, and contractual requirements.

  • DEC anticipates that approximately $500,000 will be available for this grant program.
  • Applicants may request a minimum grant amount of $25,000, up to a maximum amount of $75,000.
  • The minimum amount of local match funds required for this program is 25% of the requested amount of grant funding.
  • Projects must be completed within a two-year contract term.
  • DEC anticipates that grant awards will be announced in the fall of 2016.

What Types of Projects are Eligible?

The following types or projects are eligible for funding:

1. Tree Planting

Applicants may apply for funding to plant trees on public property to replace pine trees affected by southern pine beetle, and promote habitat creation; air and water quality; increased property values; community revitalization; public health; and/or improved quality of life for residents. Applicants must use only non-invasive species. A list of invasive species is available on the Nuisance & Invasive Species page.

2. Tree Maintenance

Applicants may apply for funding to remove trees infested by southern pine beetle, and forest thinning to promote resiliency to southern pine beetle.

Where Can the Projects Take Place?

Eligible tree planting or tree maintenance projects must be located in an area affected by southern pine beetle in Nassau and/or Suffolk County in New York State. Projects must be implemented on public properties owned by governmental entities, as defined in the RFA.

Who May Apply?

Eligible applicants include governmental entities, as defined in the RFA, and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations.

How May I Apply?

All New York State grant applicants must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway system (link leaving DEC's website) to be eligible to apply for any NYS grant opportunity.

Not-for-profit applicants must also prequalify in the Grants Gateway system prior to the application deadline to be considered eligible to apply for a grant. Registration and prequalification must be completed online in the NYS Grants Gateway.

Additional Application Information

Grants Gateway Tips - 2016 Southern Pine Beetle Community Recovery Grants (PDF, 778 KB) - Includes information on how to find, complete, and submit the Southern Pine Beetle Community Recovery application in Grants Gateway.

NYS Grants Reform - Information for Current and Potential Grantees (link leaving DEC's website) - Includes step-by-step tutorials and guides to registration, prequalification, and applying for a grant opportunity through Grants Gateway.