The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has awarded grants for tree and other projects in Western New York.
Urban forestry grants
Urban forestry grants are part of DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, which helps communities develop and implement comprehensive tree planting, management, maintenance, and education to create healthy forests while enhancing quality of life for residents. These programs promote clean air, clean water, energy savings and wildlife habitat creation.
Find out more about the urban forestry grants here.
City of Dunkirk Tree Inventory:$49,500
Village of Westfield Tree Planting:$46,660
Town of Amherst Tree Inventory and Management Plan: $61,020
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Inc. Tree Maintenance: $75,000
Town of Cheektowaga Tree Planting: $75,000
Town of Clarence Tree Inventory: $22,945
Village of Lancaster Tree Inventory and Management Plan: $30,865
Village of Williamsville Tree Planting: $17,192
City of Lockport Inventory and Management Plan: $45,280
Village of Albion Tree Inventory and Management Plan: $38,260
Village of Attica Tree Inventory: $22,300
Village of Perry Tree Inventory and Management Plan: $22,690
Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants
Two Buffalo organizations received Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants. The grants provide community-based organizations with funding for projects that address various environmental and public health concerns. The program has a particular focus on low-income and minority communities that have historically been burdened by environmental problems. Those environmental problems include a large number of regulated facilities; contaminated sites; noise, air and water pollution; health problems, and lack of green space and waterfront access. The grants empower stakeholders to be actively engaged in finding solutions.
- Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., fiscal sponsor for Fillmore Forward, Inc., received $93,830 for The Square Community Garden & Farmers Market Project
- Massachusetts Avenue Project Inc. received $75,500 for Growing Green.
Trees for Tribs
DEC’s Trees for Tribs Program supports streamside tree and shrub plantings to prevent erosion, increase flood water retention, improve wildlife habitat and protect water quality.
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry received a grant for $11,757 for a tree planting project in Isle View County Park in Tonawanda.
Learn more about the Trees for Tribs grant program here.