Community Forestry grants available from Project Canopy

October 3, 2014

Project Canopy Assistance Grants are available to state, county, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing community forestry projects and programs. Project Canopy, a cooperative partnership between the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine, anticipates that $150,000 will be available to support community forestry projects in the following categories:

Planning and Education

$10,000 maximum award
Projects support sustainable community forestry management, and efforts to increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests.

Planting and Maintenance

$8,000 maximum award
Projects increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance.

To be eligible to apply for 2014 Project Canopy Assistance grants, all applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to submitting an application (excluding previous workshop attendees). Grant workshops will be scheduled for November 2014, will be held in various locations throughout the state, and will cover topics including grant writing, project development, sustainable community forestry management, and grant administration.

Grant applications will be due to the Maine forest Service at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 19, 2014. All grants require a 50% match from the grant recipient in cash or in-kind services.

Project Canopy is funded by the USDA Forest Service Community Forestry Assistance Program. The USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program was authorized by the Cooperative For- estry Assistance Act of 1978 (PL95-313) and revised by the 1990 Farm Bill (PL101-624) to promote natu- ral resource management in populated areas and improve quality of life.

For complete grant application and workshop information, please visit the Project Canopy website at You can also learn more about the Project Canopy assistance pro- gram by contacting Jan Ames Santerre by phone at 207-287-4987 or by email at