DEC awards grants for trees & more in Western New York

trees on creek in autumn in Amherst NY
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

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. 

Chautauqua County

City of Dunkirk Tree Inventory:$49,500

Village of Westfield Tree Planting:$46,660

Erie County

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

Niagara County

City of Lockport Inventory and Management Plan: $45,280

Orleans County

Village of Albion Tree Inventory and Management Plan: $38,260

Wyoming County

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.

See information on applying for these grants here. 


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. 

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