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2006 Project Canopy Grants Now Available

Article from Project Canopy website, Thursday, January 05, 2006

Project Canopy Assistance Grants are available to state, county, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing community forestry projects and programs. Project Canopy, a cooperative partnership of the Department of Conservationís Maine Forest Service and the Pine Tree State Arboretum, anticipates that $100,000 will be available to support community forestry projects in the following categories:

Inner City Improvement
$10,000 maximum award
Projects improve the health and livibility of Maineís most populated and urbanized neighborhoods.

Planning and Education
$8,000 maximum award
Projects support sustainable community forestry management, and efforts to increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests.

Tree Planting and Maintenance
$3,000 maximum award
Projects increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance.

To be eligible to apply for 2006 Project Canopy Assistance grants, all potential applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to submitting an application (excluding previous workshop attendees). Grant workshops are free and will cover topics including grant writing, project development, sustainable community forestry management, and grant administration. After reviewing the following list of workshops, please register by calling Michael DeBonis at 1-800-367-0223 or 207-287-4987.

Date City Location Time
February 6 Old Town MFS office, Airport Road 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
February 8 Augusta Pine Tree State Arboretum 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
February 9 Biddeford Public Works 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
February 16 Augusta, Presque Isle, Norway ATM distance education training 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

All grant workshops are conditional on registration.

2006 Project Canopy Grants Information

Grant applications are due to the Maine forest Service at 5:00 pm on March 24. All grants require a 50% match from the grant recipient in the form of cash, services, or in-kind contributions.

Project Canopy is funded by the USDA Forest Service Community Forestry Assistance Program. The USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program was authorized by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (PL95-313) and revised by the 1990 Farm Bill (PL101-624) to promote natural resource management in populated areas and improve quality of life.

If you have questions about Project Canopy or would like to sign up for a grant workshop, please contact Michael DeBonis by phone at 1-800-367-0223 or by email at

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.