Protect Community Forests by Managing Ash for EAB Grants program

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Grant overview

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources welcomes applications from local units of government within Minnesota to assist communities in managing ash for emerald ash borer (EAB) on public and Tribal lands, and improve community forests by planting a diversity of trees and involving community members. The DNR has $2.4 million available to fund projects managing EAB through community forestry activities on public lands  and tribal lands. Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). No minimum dollar amount exists. The maximum amount that will be funded is $150,000.

Informational Webinar

Jonathan Osthus' webinar presentation Why Manage for Emerald Ash Borer?

Emma Schultz's webinar presentation Protect Community Forests by Managing Ash for EAB Grants Program

Eligible applicants

All local units of government within Minnesota are eligible. This includes cities, counties, regional authorities, joint powers boards, towns, tribal governments, and parks and recreation boards in cities of the first class.

Priority will be given to:

  • Communities who have staff, who plan to certify their staff during the grant period, or who will contract with companies with staff who have professional tree care credentials (such as Minnesota Tree Inspector, International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, etc.). List these credentials on the application.
  • Projects removing and replacing ash trees that pose significant public safety concerns.
  • Projects that benefit underserved populations and areas of concern for environmental justice (communities with higher populations of low-income residents, or people of color, including tribal communities, or both). Please reference the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's interactive environmental justice map for more information. Applicants should describe how the proposed project activities benefit these communities.

Eligible project expenses

Eligible project expenses are those incurred through project activities that are directly related and necessary to produce the outcomes described in the project application. Grant funds can be used for, but will not be limited to:

  • Professional contracts for technical assistance, resident education and engagement, project implementation by individuals or organizations not a part of the local government unit (including public tree inventories, EAB management plans, tree removal and replanting, chemical treatment of ash trees with injectable non-neonicotinoid insecticide, and tree planting)
  • Site preparation and planting, including mulch, watering bags, staking materials, and tree wrap or guards
  • Purchase of chemicals for injectable non-neonicotinoid insecticide treatment (such as emamectin benzoate) for ash trees
    • Treatment of ash trees with non-neonicotinoid insecticide (such as emamectin benzoate) is an eligible expense for this grant. However, your community must be within a 10-mile buffer of generally infested areas. Refer to map showing the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Generally Infested areas buffered by 10 miles.
  • Equipment purchases less than $5,000 that are used to complete the project
  • Equipment rental
  • Gravel bed construction
  • Purchase of trees for diversity

Match requirement

No matching funds are required.

How to apply

Review process

DNR's Urban & Community Forestry Team will review and evaluate grant applications, and prioritize proposals. A UCF Grants Steering Committee, made up of Department of Natural Resources Forestry staff, Department of Agriculture staff, and select stakeholders, will recommend projects and award amounts. The steering committee will evaluate all eligible and complete applications received by the deadline. DNR will review all committee recommendations and is responsible for final award decisions. Grantees will be notified by Monday, February 14, 2022. If selected, grantees may only incur eligible expenditures after the grant contract is fully executed.

Project timeline

  • Application Available: Monday, November 29, 2021
  • Application Deadline: Monday, January 24, 2022