PIERRE, SD— Area communities have until November 20 to apply for a 2017 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant.
The Challenge Grant can be used to help communities solve specific community forestry problems or demonstrate the importance of trees and urban forests in South Dakota communities. Applicants are limited to one tree planting project per fiscal year. Communities must contribute an equal match for all funds awarded, which can be met through cash or in-kind contributions.
Applications and accompanying documentation must be submitted to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry.
A complete submission consists of: the application, a budget sheet, a supplemental questionnaire, a work plan and two tree quotes, if tree planting funds are requested. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Ormseth at 605.280.4854.
Projects must be for trees or tree management on public land or in public right of ways and have a maximum request of $5,000. Funds for professional services are limited to $5,000, tree inventories and assessments are limited to $5,000, existing tree care and maintenance are limited to $1,000, training and education are limited to $5,000, and new tree planting is limited to $1,000 per project.
Projects must follow the guidelines for Community Forestry Challenge Grants. These guidelines, as well as the Challenge Grant application, can be found on the SDDA website.