Goals of the U&CF Program
An important goal of Mississippi’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is to inspire or enhance local or statewide urban and community forestry programs with an emphasis on increasing:
- Local capacity
- Volunteer involvement
- Training and continuing education
Projects that demonstrate the use of funding to provide the largest impact will receive priority. Grantees are encouraged to do projects of state-wide significance, such as training, publications, or research that could be used to provide information on a statewide basis. First-time municipal applicants and municipalities seeking Tree City USA status are also given priority for funding. Tree planting and demonstration projects will have the lowest priority for funding.
Who is Eligible for the U&CF Grant?
Funds may be awarded to units of local governments (city, town, county), non-profit organizations or educational institutions. Other organizations, such as community tree volunteer groups, neighborhood associations or civic groups which are not 501(c)3 eligible, must apply in partnership with a non-profit organization or with their local government. All grant recipients must be able to receive grant funds via Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs).
The U&CF Grant Program is intended to support new initiatives, programs, projects, staff positions, and activities not currently being funded through other sources or to expand existing programs that would not occur without grant funds. It is not intended to substitute for current funding levels.
The Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program is not intended for the purpose of beautification tree plantings, and a maximum of 15% of the Federal funds awarded is allowable for plant material and tree planting.
Projects will benefit from having clearly stated goals, well-thought-out budgets, and well planned scheduling that utilizes volunteers, creates local partnerships, promotes development of local community forestry programs, has a long-term focus and benefits and/or has an educational or technology transfer component.
Specific project examples in the following categories, which support the program’s objectives, are offered in the U&CF Grant Program Proposal Information Package:
- Urban and Community Forestry Program Development
- Urban and Community Forestry Program Improvement
- Non-profit Program Development
- Tree Planting Projects
- Information, Education, and Training
- Demonstration and Site-Specific Projects
- Regional and Statewide Special Projects
Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Trail design, construction or maintenance
- Property acquisition and related costs
- Beautification projects
- Tree removal and maintenance
- Construction projects
- Equipment purchases
- Projects that will take place on private property (land not open to the public)
Action required to receive federal grant funding from MFC
Applicants must now obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number to apply for federally funded grants. The federal government uses this number (formerly the DUNS number) to manage entities applying for grants.
To receive your UEI, register at SAM.gov. If you are already registered, your UEI has been assigned. Follow this guide to find your UEI. Additional support can be found here. It may take time to obtain a UEI. Do not wait for the application period to open for the next grant cycle. Get your UEI now so you are ready to apply!
TREES MS is funded through an Inflation Reduction Act grant awarded by the USDA Forest Service to the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) in partnership with the nonprofit Green Infrastructure Center (GIC). MFC and GIC are providing support for disadvantaged communities to map, plan, and plant trees in cities and on tribal lands. Communities should apply to be adopted for 2-3 years and receive mapping of their urban forest canopy and modeling of the environmental benefits trees provide for clean air, shade and stormwater uptake, and community health. GIC and MFC will work directly with communities to determine planting plans and also plant and care for public trees within census tracts labeled disadvantaged on the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST). The program is open to any disadvantaged municipality or tribal government, and the competitive application takes only 20 minutes to complete! To learn more or to meet with our team, see the MS Trees Flyer. Applications are due by April 15, 2024, and may be submitted by clicking here. An optional free webinar will be held on March 19th, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. to introduce the program and explain the application process.
Webinar March 19, 2024 at 9 a.m. CDT
Additional Urban & Community Forestry Grants
Additional urban grants for local governments are available through the following entities:
- National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
- Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
For additional information about the Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program or other urban grant opportunities, contact: