DOVER, Del. — The Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Program has awarded more than $92,000 for 24 tree projects throughout the First State. In the past 15 years, the annual grant program has provided more than $1.5 million to help communities increase tree canopy and promote the natural benefits of trees: cleaner air and water, increased property values and civic pride, and reduced storm water runoff and flooding. The grants, selected by a committee of Delaware’s Community Forestry Council, require a 50-50 cost-share match in cash or in-kind services, such as volunteer time, equipment or supplies.
The program is open to any city, town, community group, homeowner association or certified nonprofit organization in the State of Delaware. Awards ranged from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 in one of two project categories: tree planting or tree management (tree inventory only). Projects must be completed on public lands in the community. Priority was given to first-time applicants, Tree Friendly Communities and municipalities with an urban tree canopy resolution.
Chesapeake Bay Grants
Three of the grants, totaling about $5,000 each, were awarded to the City of Seaford’s Department of Parks & Recreation, the Seaford Historical Society’s Ross Plantation and Trap Pond Partners in Laurel. Seaford and Laurel are located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the largest estuary in the United States and a high-priority for projects to improve water quality.
— Delaware Department of Agriculture