Community Forestry Grants
Project Canopy is a program of the Maine Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. It encourages communities to develop project proposals that support sustainable community forestry management, increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests, and increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance.
Project Canopy Director Jan Ames Santerre provided recent examples of community projects that can benefit from Project Canopy grants. Projects of note in 2018 include Garland ($4,345), Bethel ($10,000), and Bridgton ($10,000) for management planning for community forests and educational opportunities; and Dexter ($4,155), Waterville ($7,150), and Kennebunk ($8,000) that allowed those towns to plant trees in downtowns and town parks. "In addition to helping communities with general maintenance planning, these grants allow towns to respond to threats from invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer. They can also support community beautification through street tree planting," said Santerre.
Planning and education grants have a maximum award of $10,000, while planting and maintenance grants have a maximum award of $8,000. To be eligible to apply for a 2019 assistance grant, all applicants must attend a grant workshop before submitting an application. The grant workshop will be held on February 12, 2019 via the web. The workshop will cover such topics as grant writing, project development, sustainable community forestry management and grant administration.
To learn more about the Project Canopy Assistance program and to sign up for a grant workshop, contact Project Canopy Director Jan Ames Santerre at (207) 287-4987.
More information is available on the web at http://www.projectcanopy.me