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Letter to Urban Forestry Grant Applicants

The following is a letter from Mary Kramarchyk, DEC's Urban Forestry Program Manager:

It is my pleasure to announce the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Urban Forestry Program (UFP) Round 12 Grant Program.

The funding for this grant has been legislatively appropriated into the 2013-2014 Environmental Protection Fund budget line item for urban forestry projects. The language in this legislation has changed from previous grant rounds allowing more communities to be eligible for increased funding. The categories will be divided into three groups: Large Community Grants now allow cities and towns with populations of 65,000 or more eligible for grants up to $50,000; all other communities, regardless of size are eligible to apply for Community Grants up to $25,000, Quick Start Arbor Day Grants remain available at the $1,000 level. A list of eligible communities in the Large Community Grant category is located on page 22 of the Request for Applications (RFA).

In order to accomplish the goals set forth by the urban forestry program in the NYS Forest Action Plan, this year's RFA will offer urban tree inventory and urban forest management plan grants requiring no match. These categories will, however, require an electronic copy of the inventory and/or management plan be submitted to the DEC UFP along with the grantee's request for reimbursement.

As in the past, eligible applicants will include: municipalities; non-profit organizations and school districts. A description of these terms is included in the RFA. Non-profit organizations must be pre-qualified through the NYS Division of the Budget Grants Reform Team in order to receive a grant. This mandatory, pre-qualification is a new, statewide process designed to facilitate prompt contracting. Please visit the Grants Gateway webpage (this link leaves the DEC website) to enroll if you haven't already completed this process. A further description of this procedure is given in the RFA.

DEC encourages interested applicants to contact your regional Urban Forestry staff for technical assistance to ensure quality applications and to maximize scoring potential. A list of Regional Offices has been supplied in the RFA. When applying for a grant please keep in mind the due date of December 5, 2013. Applications are required to be post marked or hand delivered to DEC at Central Office Headquarters, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233 by 4:00 p.m. on December 5, 2013.

Thank you for your interest in improving your community forest. Good Luck!


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