Project Canopy Assistance Grants are available in Maine 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 between the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine, anticipates that $150,000 will be available to support community forestry projects in the following categories:

Planning and Education

  • $10,000 maximum award
  • Projects support sustainable community forestry management, and efforts to increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests.
  • Specialized funding is available for inventory and planning for street and shade trees, with emphasis on planning and management in preparation for invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer.

Planting and Maintenance

  • $8,000 maximum award
  • Projects increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance.

To be eligible to apply for 2015 Project Canopy Assistance grants, all applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to submitting an application (excluding previous workshop attendees).  Grant workshops will be scheduled for November 2015, will be held in various locations throughout Maine and will cover topics including grant writing, project development, sustainable community forestry management, and grant administration.

Grant applications will be due to the Maine forest Service at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 4, 2015. All grants require a 50% match from the grant recipient in cash or in-kind services.

Project Canopy is funded by the USDA Forest Service Community Forestry Assistance Program.

For complete grant application and workshop information, visit Project Canopy.