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Cost-Share Grants

General Overview

DEC is committed to providing support and assistance to communities in comprehensive planning, management, and education to create healthy urban and community forests, and enhance the quality of life for urban residents through its Cost Share Grant program.

At least $2.3 million dollars in grants will be available to municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations that have a public ownership interest in the property or are acting on behalf of a public property owner. Communities may request from $11,000 to $75,000, depending on municipal population.

Eligible project categories include tree inventories and management plans; tree planting and maintenance. Funds are made available from the Environmental Protection Fund and will be managed and allocated by DEC.

Eligible U&CF projects may include any eligible U&CF activity (as described within the application), must be located on non-state land. Applications must indicate if the proposed project complements other federal, state, and/or municipal projects, and how the project will impact environmental, social, and/or economic issues. Applicants should give appropriate consideration to under-served neighborhoods within their urban areas when selecting sites for projects.

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How to Apply

For more information on how to apply visit the Grants Gateway website (leaves DEC's website).

Contact for previously Awarded Grants

Debra Gorka, Forester
NYS DEC
Lands and Forests
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
716/851-7010
FAX 716/851-7005