Urban Forest Equity Grant Program

Through the Inflation Reduction Act, historic funding is available to state and local government entities, federally recognized tribes, and non-profit organizations to support urban forestry projects that will increase equitable access to trees and the benefits they provide in disadvantaged communities throughout Connecticut. Award amounts are based on the following funding tiers:

Tier I: $5,000-$25,000

Tier II: $25,001-$75,000

Tier III:  $75,001-$200,000

The Urban Forest Equity Grant Program can support a variety of urban and community forestry projects including but not limited to:

  • Tree planting on private lands with permission of landowner

    See this example of the “Trees for Free program” from Bloomfield, CT

  • Engaging groups in urban forest planning and planting

    See this example of a series of visioning and community meetings held in Bridgeport, CT

  • Urban forest planning and assessment

    See this example of a forest management plan from Plainfield, CT

  • Work force development

    See this example of the “GreenSkills Program” from New Haven, CT

  • Invasive species management

    See this example of a project to map and remove invasives species from Stamford, CT

  • Urban wood utilization

    See this example of the “Wood Material Management Program” in Hartford, CT

  • Urban food forests

    See this example from Atlanta, GA

  • Extreme heat mitigation

You may also wish to review this page with additional examples of previously funded projects in Connecticut. Projects must demonstrate direct benefit to disadvantaged communities as defined by the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool, note that these communities align with those indicated in DEEP’s Urban Forestry Grant Screening Tool.

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend the Urban and Community Forestry Program's bi-weekly virtual office hours and to review this recorded webinar to learn more about this program and guidance on the grant writing process. 

Applications are due April 17, 2024, at 5:00 PM. Questions will be accepted through February 21, 2024, at DEEP.UCF.Grants@ct.gov and an FAQ will be published on the DEEP Grants website by February 28, 2024. See the Request for Proposals and Grant Application. Grant applications are hosted through Survey123 - note that this application does not save partial entries. We recommend working on application components (Scope of Work, Urban Forestry Goals, etc.) offline and uploading all application components once you are ready to submit. If you need special accommodations for your submission, reach out to DEEP.UCF.Grants@ct.gov. The grant application will ask for detailed budget and timeline information; we strongly recommend using the following Timeline and Budget templates. Check back for updates, reach out to DEEP.UCF.Grants@ct.gov for more information. 

Content last updated February 2024.