Project Canopy, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s community forestry program, will award $90,000 in grants to local governments, municipalities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that support efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs.

Project Canopy Director Jan Ames Santerre provided recent examples of community projects that can benefit from Project Canopy grants. Projects of note in 2018 include Garland ($4,345), Bethel ($10,000), and Bridgton ($10,000) for management planning for community forests and educational opportunities; and Dexter ($4,155), Waterville ($7,150), and Kennebunk ($8,000) that allowed those towns to plant trees in downtown areas and town parks.

"In addition to helping communities with general maintenance planning, these grants allow towns to respond to threats from invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer. They can also support community beautification through street tree planting," Santerre. said.

Planning and education grants have a maximum award of $10,000, while planting and maintenance grants have a maximum award of $8,000. Typical grants range from $6,000 to $8,000 and require a 50-percent cost-share with cash or in-kind services.

To be eligible to apply for a 2019 assistance grant, all applicants must attend a grant workshop before submitting an application. The grant workshop takes place Feb. 12 via the web. The workshop will cover such topics as grant writing, project development, sustainable community forestry management and grant administration.

Grant applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, April 12.

To learn more about the Project Canopy Assistance program and to sign up for a grant workshop, contact Project Canopy Director Jan Ames Santerre at 287-4987.

More information is available online at projectcanopy.me.