• Asian Longhorned Beetle.  Photo Credit: USDAgov
  • Flowering tree along street with red brick building behind it. Photo Credit: mjs_2009
  • Tree lined lane. Photo Credit: Justin Russell
  • Trees in winter. Photo Credit: Kimberly Ballard

2018 PROJECT CANOPY ASSISTANCE GRANTS


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, delivered to you by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service, anticipates that $75,000 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 2018 Project Canopy Assistance grants, all applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to submitting an application (excluding previous workshop attendees). The grant workshop is web-based and is scheduled for March 13, 2018, 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, April 6, 2018. 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 Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (PL95-313) and revised by the 1990 Farm Bill (PL101-624) to promote natural resource management in populated areas and improve quality of life.

For complete grant application and workshop information, please visit the Project Canopy website at http://www.projectcanopy.me/grants. You can also learn more about the Project Canopy assistance program by contacting Jan Ames Santerre by phone at 207-287-4987 or by email at jan.santerre@maine.gov.

In all its programs and activities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Those with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Project Canopy Maine

Project Canopy is about people. It educates people about the benefits trees provide, and how trees make people's lives better. It connects people who have a particular expertise to people who need that expertise. It helps build bridges with town and city governments, and it knows how to communicate in a local, political environment. And just as important, Project Canopy helps people talk about success stories, so that they can find the motivation --- and inspiration --- that is crucial for developing creative, long-term community forestry programs. Listen to a quick overview of the Project Canopy program.

The Maine Forest Service has an incredible reservoir of knowledge and expertise. The challenge for us is to get that knowledge to the people who can use it. Any long-term community forestry program needs commitment and understanding from many different corners. Project Canopy's role is to get people in different corners talking to each other, so that awareness about trees can grow by leaps and bounds. We do that by using down-to-earth strategies, and deploying technical experts into the field to lend hands-on assistance.

For example:

  • Helping recruit and organize volunteers;
  • Providing model community tree ordinances;
  • Assisting in fund-raising efforts;
  • Training tree stewards;
  • Providing street tree inventory software;
  • Helping communities appoint/elect a community tree warden;
  • Linking communities to other Maine communities with successful tree programs;
  • Providing lists of local foresters and arborists;
  • Building bridges to national community tree organizations;
  • Assisting in development of a long-term community tree plan;

And much more.

Project Canopy is a cooperative effort of the Maine Forest Service.