Agriculture Press Release

May 13, 1999

Federal Grants Available for Urban Forestry Programs

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford today announced that $448,566 in federal funds will be available to local governments, Native-American tribal governments, educational institutions, and legally organized nonprofit (volunteer) organizations to develop or enhance urban and community forestry programs.

The grant funds are part of the federal governments Urban and Community Forestry Matching Grant Program. The federal funds will be administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry. Awards will be made as 50-50 matching grants (50 percent federal, 50 percent applicant) in five grant categories:

-- Local Government Program Development

-- Demonstration or Site-Specific projects

-- Nonprofit Administration

-- Information and Education Projects

-- Urban Forestry or Arboricultural Training

A maximum of $10,000 will be awarded to successful applicants for tree-planting projects, and a maximum of $5,000 will be awarded for information and education projects. Nonprofits staffing grants will be limited to three years. Otherwise, the maximum award is $25,000 for applicants who have never received these grants and $15,000 for previous urban and community forestry grant recipients. The closing date for applying is August 18, 1999, at 2:30 p.m. To request a grant application, contact:

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Purchasing Office
Mayo Building, Room SB-8
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
Telephone (850) 488-7552


For more information:

Jim Harrell
(850) 414-9912

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