Grants available to aid local forestry programs

Posted June 14, 2010, at 7:04 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s Project Canopy will award $125,000 in grants to municipalities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that support community efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs.

Project Canopy, a cooperative partnership with the Maine Forest Service, under the Maine Department of Conservation, and the Viles Arboretum in Augusta, encourages communities to develop project proposals that support sustainable community forestry management, increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests, and increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance.

The Maine Forest Service anticipates that $125,000 will be available to support community forestry projects in 2010. Project Canopy has two grant categories for applicants to choose from: planning and education grants and tree planting and maintenance grants.

Project Canopy grants are competitive and require a 50 percent match from the grant recipient in cash or in-kind services.

To be eligible to apply for 2010 Project Canopy assistance grants, all applicants must attend a grant workshop before submitting an application.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9. To learn more about the Project Canopy Assistance program and to sign up for a grant workshop in your area, contact Project Canopy at 287-4987.

Information is available on the Web at http://projectcanopy.maine.gov.

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