Project Canopy

Along Presumpscot Trail

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 in the Presumpscot River watershed. Project Canopy, a cooperative partnership between the Department of Conservation’s Maine Forest Service and the Viles Arboretum, is offering $25,000 to support planning and education projects in community forestry.

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

To be eligible to apply for 2011 Project Canopy Assistance grants, all applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to submitting an application or have received special grants seminar from Project Canopy (excluding previous workshop attendees). Projects also must be within the Presumpscot River watershed.

Grant applications will be due to the Maine Forest Service at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 28, 2011 . 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 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