A: The purpose of the grant program is to engage citizens in the work of their city's tree program on an ongoing basis. If the city has a tree survey or sampling that was conducted with volunteers or if they include a tree survey with volunteers in their proposal, then grant funds can be used to hire a contractor to develop a management plan, tree risk management plan, or EAB readiness plan using the inventory data, and should also address how citizen volunteers will be engaged on an ongoing basis.
A: Yes. There are two Rapid Assessment documents for each of the 700 communities surveyed. They are a "Tree Genera Diversity" pie chart and a set of summary tables for all the data collected. These files are available by request from DNR Forestry. Call or email Brenda Rustad, DNR Forestry at 651-259-5300 or Brenda.firstname.lastname@example.org
A: Yes, you can spread out your match over the 3 years of the project (from March 2016 until May, 2018).
A: If you receive a $30,000 grant, your match amount is $7,500 of which half can be in-kind and the other half needs to be cash ($3,750, or $1,250 per year). The DNR's grant project partners will help you determine the overall cost for your grant project. Cities do not receive grant funds up front, but can get reimbursed for eligible expenses up to twice a year.
A: No. All grant project plantings and maintenance of newly planted trees will be done by volunteers and city staff. Grant funds cannot be used for maintenance of any kind on established trees.