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									                         Community Forestry Grants ~ 2008
                                       Alaska Community Forestry Program
                                   Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry
  550 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 1450, Anchorage, AK 99501-3566 / 269-8465/8466 / www.dnr.state.ak.us/forestry/community

The mission of the Alaska Community Forestry Program is to help communities build effective, self-
sustaining community forestry programs with strong local support. Grants are intended to help the state
meet this goal by funding projects that:
• Initiate or support local government management of public trees and forests. This may include conducting
  an inventory; developing management plans or annual work plans, standard specifications, and best
  management practices for tree care; and training for employees, contractors, and volunteers.
• Increase public awareness of the benefits of trees and forests and support for community forest
• Demonstrate innovative techniques for planting and maintaining urban trees, especially on difficult sites;
• Use trees to solve community problems. Examples: stormwater reduction or treatment, wind breaks, living
snow fences, urban stream restoration, screening surfaces prone to graffiti, and traffic calming.
• Provide a public demonstration of proper tree selection, planting, and care;

• Applicant must be a government entity or nonprofit organization with IRS 501(C)3 status.
• Applicants may apply for a grant of from $500 to $5,000. A total of $10,000 is available for grants.
• A one-to-one match is required, e.g., a $1,000 grant requires a $1,000 match. The match may be in the form
  of funds, employee and volunteer time, donations, grants, or in-kind services. The match may not include
  federal funds or services provided by federal funds.
• Grants are for projects that would not otherwise be funded and may not be used for normal operating
  expenses or to replace existing budgets.
• Demonstrations must include signs, interpretive materials, and/or use of the media to inform the public
  about the demonstration and funding source.
• If trees and shrubs are planted with grant funds, follow practices described in Plant a Tree: Alaska's Guide to
Tree Selection, Planting, & Care, an Alaska Community Forestry Program brochure.
   Trees must be:
   - Planted on public land and be covered by a three-year, budgeted maintenance plan. Grant may be used
     for this maintenance
   - Of high quality, appropriate for the site, and meet the American Standard for Nursery Stock. For a copy, go
     to www.anla.org. Look under publications. Please write specifications to ensure that you receive trees in
     excellent condition and with a form appropriate for the site. Attach specifications for trees you plan to
     purchase to application. Community Forestry staff can help you with this.

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Complete an application and attach a brief description of the project and how grant funds will be used.
Include a timeline for completing the requirements. Clarify how project complies with Selection Criteria.

Selection Criteria
1. Highest priority is a project that initiates or supports a local government’s management of public trees and
forested areas.
2. Project’s potential for increasing public knowledge and support of community forest management.
3. Project’s benefits to the community and its ability to solve a problem or meet a need.
4. Involvement by a cross-section of the community, agencies, and organizations.
5. For planting projects, appropriate location, species selection, installation, and maintenance plan.
6. How applicant evaluates the success of the project.
7. Clarity and organization of proposal and budget.

Application Process
Complete the attached two-page application. The deadline for the application to be received by the Division
of Forestry is 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2008. Alaska Community Forestry staff and the Alaska
Community Forest Council, the division's advisory body, will review applications and awards will be
announced no later than March 25, 2008. Upon approval of the proposal, the state and grantee will sign a
formal grant agreement.

For more information or assistance
Please call if you need help preparing your proposal. We can provide Plant a Tree: Alaska's Guide to Tree
Selection, Planting, and Care and other information to help you design a successful project.
Stephen Nickel, Community Assistance Forester                  Patricia Joyner, Program Coordinator
269-8466                                                       269-8465
stephen.nickel@alaska.gov                                      patricia.joyner@alaska.gov
Information is also available at www.dnr.state.ak.us/forestry/community

Mail or deliver proposal to:
Alaska Division of Forestry
Community Forestry Program
550 W. Seventh Avenue, Suite 1450
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3566

Applications may be sent electronically to stephen.nickel@alaska.gov. No faxes, please.

        Grants are federal funds provided to the State of Alaska through the USDA Forest Service
                     as part of the national Urban & Community Forestry Program.

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