In its grants programs, CUFC works very closely with CT DEEP Division of Forestry. In addition to reading about the two CUFC grant opportunities listed below, we also recommend that people visit the DEEP Grant Program pages, located on the DEEP website:
DEEP Urban and Community Forestry Grant Programs (grants overview page)
Urban Forestry Equity through Capacity Building Grant Program (cooperative program with the University of Connecticut)
The Connecticut Urban Forest Council is now able to offer two separate grant programs – the Urban Forestry Climate Change Grants Program and the Community Forestry Small Grants Program. Please take note of the differences. Also note that each grant has a separate application process. Applications will only be considered for the grant program for which they have been received.
The Urban Forestry Climate Change Grants are intended for municipalities or non-profits that seek to complete projects that are based in urban forestry and that combine efforts relating to the local effects of climate change and that include considerations of equity and environmental justice. Preference will be given to environmental justice communities. Funding for this grant program is provided by DEEP through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Grant range: up to $37,000
Eligible organizations: 501(c)3 non-profits and Connecticut municipalities.
Application due date: Currently, there are two application periods. The first set of applications is due to be received by November 3, 2021. The second set of applications is due to be received by February 2, 2022.
To learn more, visit the Urban Forestry Climate Change Grants Page.
The Community Forestry Small Grants are intended to assist smaller organizations, including unincorporated community groups, get a footing in urban forestry. This is an annual grant program that is based on funding received from the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry.
Grant range: $1,500 – $2,000
Eligible organizations: All groups, but with a focus on non-profits and municipalities.
Application due date: Currently, there are no applications being accepted for this grant program. It is anticipated that the grant application period will open very early in the year 2022.
To learn more, visit the Community Forestry Small Grants Page.