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Grants to Montana Nonprofits, Local Governments, Tribes, and IHEs to Enhance the Health of Forests in Local Communities

Urban and Community Forestry Grants - Program Development and Inflation Reduction Act (UCF PD/IRA)


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Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Montana

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/12/23
Deadline: 02/16/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to Montana nonprofit organizations, local governments, tribes, and IHEs to enhance the health of forests in local communities. The purpose of the program is to create landscapes adaptive to climate change and increase the diversity and health of urban forests. Preferred projects include the development of urban forest health strategies and/or public health awareness efforts.

This year’s RFP has funding from two USDA Forest Service sources. These sources fund similar activities but have different eligibility criteria and different match requirements. Organizations can apply to receive funds from both sources depending on project eligibility:

Urban and Community Forestry Program Funds - $100,000 available (3:1 match requirement) the traditional UCF Program Development Grants offered with a reduced match for 2024. Projects may take place anywhere in the state.

New: Inflation Reduction Funds (IRA) - $300,000 available (no match required) for projects that take place entirely within a disadvantaged area as defined by the Montana Urban and Community Forestry Grant Tool.

UCF Grants support goals identified by the Forest Service and DNRC for 2024. Federal and State Program Goals Your proposal should tie to the Federal and State goals, by creating relevant objectives, and public awareness specific to your community. The use of these funds should align with the following plans and initiatives:

Project examples may include but are not limited to:

  • Public education of urban forest health and benefits
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Environmental equality, watershed-based partnerships
  • Expand opportunities for underserved and at-risk populations
  • Advancing inventory, assessment and management plans
  • Identify areas lacking canopy cover to strategically plant trees
  • Support the use of food forests
  • Workforce development and training
  • Hazardous tree removal

Reimbursable Expenses May Include:

  • Personnel Expenses - Cost of hiring seasonal employees or special staff to carry out the project.
  • Operating Expenditures - Cost of purchasing appropriate supplies and materials to complete the project. Examples: trees, planting supplies, some types of irrigation, equipment rental, media (public service announcements), printing, or educational elements related to urban forestry (workshops, speaker costs, educational publications, facility fees).
  • Contracted Professional Services - Costs related to hiring a consultant or contractor (arboriculture, forestry, landscape design, or planning) or other professional for the project.
  • Indirect Costs - An organization’s Indirect Rate for administration and expenses not directly allocable to the grant – such as electricity and insurance. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible entities for both funding sources include Montana cities, towns, counties, community-based organizations, public and state institutions of higher education, nonprofits, and tribal governments interested in conducting innovative projects in urban forestry.

Non-Reimbursable Expenses:
Capital assets - Purchases of large equipment (value of $5,000+) and some types of hardscaping.

Other examples include food (exceptions may apply), entertainment, gifts, promotional items, and alcohol.

Pre-Proposal Conference
DNRC will host a webinar to discuss the requirements of this new IRA funding source on December 12, 2023, at 1 P.M.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Deadline: February 16, 2024
- Approximate Notification Date: April 2024

Grant funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis. Reimbursement will not be made until expenditures have been paid and all required documentation has been received by DNRC. Recipients may submit multiple requests for reimbursement throughout the period of performance, as often as once per month.

Urban and Community Forestry Program Funds: Match is waived for projects that are entirely within a Disadvantaged Community (DAC) as defined by the Montana Urban and Community Forestry Grant Tool: Projects that take place outside of a DAC tract will have a 3:1 match requirement.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Minimum request is $10,000; Maximum request is $50,000 including indirect costs (if requesting).

Term of Contract
Grantees will be given 24 months to complete the project from the date the agreement is activated. Grantees should plan to begin funded activities in May 2024. Funded activities cannot begin until the grant agreement is signed.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Jamie Kirby
Urban Forestry Program Manager

Alexis Armstrong
Forestry Assistance Program Support Technician

Area Foresters:

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