Financing Urban Forestry Programs
Most communities rely on municipal budgets to support a substantial piece of their urban forestry programs, usually for the management of street trees. But few communities can appropriate the funds for program expansion or green infrastructure investments, without additional streams of revenue. Federal grant programs, while competitive, can support significant planning and development projects.
But as municipal, state and federal budgets shrink, communities are turning to other, often innovative sources of funding for development and especially long-term maintenance of urban forestry and green infrastructure programs. See our blog post Strategies for Self-Funding Your Programs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have Funding Opportunities. Additionally there are federal grant programs available through the Smart Growth and the Sustainable Community Initiative.