Governor Chris Christie • Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno
NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs  
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
DEP Home | About DEP | Index by Topic | Programs/Units | DEP Online 
news releases
NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 10/3/01
01/115

CONTACT: Sharon A. Southard or Amy Collings
(609) 984-1795 or 609-292-2994

SHINN ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF OVER $1 MILLION IN COMMUNITY FORESTRY GRANTS

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Shinn announced today $1,045,000 in grants is available through three separate grant programs administered by the Division of Parks and Forestry's Community Forestry Program.

Counties, municipalities, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for these grants which are designed to help fund projects involving the planting and care of trees in municipalities across the state.

The Community Forestry Program, part of the State Forest Service, is responsible for the planning, design, and management of trees and tree programs on public lands in and around communities. The three funding opportunities are outlined below.

Challenge Grant - Deadline Oct. 29!

The 2002 Green Communities Challenge Grant provides up to $2,000 for any county or municipality to hire a forestry consultant to write a Community Forestry Management Plan. This management plan allows a town to assess its community forest and prioritize work that needs to be done. Once the state approves the plan and the municipality comes into compliance with the New Jersey Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act, they are afforded indemnification from tree related liabilities in their communities and their trees are cared for in a safe and sustainable fashion.

Successful proposals will include a completed application and the intent to oversee the completion of the Management Plan. Also, a matching amount equal to or greater then one-half of the grant is necessary, either as cash or in-kind services. In-kind services of volunteers are budgeted at $15.39 per hour.

Applications for the challenge grants must be received by October 29, 2001. The total funding available for the Green Communities Challenge grants is $60,000, which is funded by the USDA Forest Service through the National Urban and Community Forestry Program. Recipients will receive notifications in December 2001.

Stewardship Grant - Deadline Nov. 16!

The 2002 Community Stewardship Incentive Program Grant provides cost-sharing funding for a municipality or county to implement their approved Community Forestry Management Plan. The cost-share ratio is 75% grant to 25% match of cash or in-kind services. Seventy percent of the grant is allocated in advance of the project, and the remaining 30 percent is a reimbursement upon the project's completion.

Only municipalities and counties with an approved management plan can apply for this grant. In addition, applicants for this grant are not eligible for the 2002 Tree Planting Grant. Successful proposals will include a completed application, a project narrative, and a budget, along with any relevant appendices. Proposals will be reviewed, evaluated, and ranked for awarding based on available funding.

The deadline to apply for these stewardship grants is Nov. 16, 2001. Applicants will be notified in January of 2002. The work period for this grant is one year and the maximum grant amount is $9,000. Total funding available for these grants is about $650,000.

Tree Planting Grant - Deadline Dec. 14!

The 2002 NJ Tree Planting Grant is open to any municipality, county or non-profit organization that wishes to plant trees on any municipally owned land (right-of-way, park, school, etc.). The project's proposal must include an application, project narrative, project budget, a comprehensive planting plan, and all relevant appendices. Those applying for the CSIP Grant are not eligible for a Tree Planting Grant this year.

It is a competitive, cost-sharing grant that will be evaluated and ranked by the NJ Community Forestry Council. The cost-share ratio is 75 percent grant to 25 percent match of cash or in-kind services. Seventy percent of the grant is given in advance of the project and the remaining 30 percent is a reimbursement upon completion of the project.

The application deadline for this grant is Dec. 14, 2001. The maximum grant is $7,500. All application packages will be reviewed, evaluated, and ranked for funding based on available funds. About $335,000 is available. Notification of grant awards will be sent in February 2002.

For more information or to request applications, contact: NJ DEP - Division of Parks and Forestry, Mariclaire McCartan, Grants Coordinator for the Community Forestry Program, P.O. Box 404, Trenton, NJ 08625-0404 or telephone (609) 292-2532. Further details can be found on the Community Forestry Program web site at www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/community/Grants.htm.

###

Related Links

News Releases: DEP News Home | Archives
Department: NJDEP Home | About DEP | Index by Topic | Programs/Units | DEP Online
Statewide: NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs

Copyright © State of New Jersey, 1996-2012

Last Updated: October 3, 2001