Community Forest Revitalization Program


The Community Forest Revitalization Program encourages local government and citizen involvement in creating and supporting long-term and sustained community forestry projects and programs in underserved and disadvantaged communities. Cities, towns, counties and universities can apply for support to map, plan and manage community forests using Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) resources via the USDA Forest Service. These funds will be used to develop actionable steps to ensure that the benefits of community forests are made available to all, especially those with the greatest need.

To make IRA resources more accessible, DOF is simplifying the application process by working with community partner groups (Green Infrastructure Center Inc. and the Community Design Assistance Center) to provide direct technical assistance with a focus on disadvantaged areas. These areas are indicated on the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST).

Who is Eligible

  • Communities (planning district commissions, regional commissions)
  • Local Government (cities, towns, counties)
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Educational Institutions
  • Tribal Organizations

Eligible lands include public and tribal lands.

Available Technical Assistance

The following technical assistance provided directly to eligible groups focuses on the stewardship and connection to healthy urban trees and forests. Community-wide plans as assessments are allowed but significant community engagement is required for all eligible activities. Any implementation actions such as tree planting are required to be within CEJST areas.

Select your top two (2) priorities from the following when completing the short survey-style application.

  • Canopy Forest Map

Uses spatial data to determine tree canopy cover, urban heat distribution and ecosystem services for your community forest.

  • Community Forest Master Plan

Creates a data-informed plan, sets goals for planting locations and maintenance, and addresses specific goals such as social-equity and long-term resiliency (including adaptations to climate change).

  • Community Ordinance Audit

Reviews your current forest and tree codes, ordinances, standards and practices. Assistance will also be provided for the creation of new policies and codes to adopt to make your community greener while still accommodating growth.

  • Tree Inventory

Provides information on the species composition, tree size, health and where you have vacancies for new trees.

  • Urban Wood Services

Creates a holistic plan and tools for managing your trees after they die, including educational programming and processing solutions.

  • Facilitation and Engagement

Provides professional support to engage with the public and create community buy-in for your community forests.

  • Conceptual Design for Community Green Spaces

Works with the community to create conceptual designs for green spaces such as parks, trailheads, greenways, outdoor classrooms and food forests.

  • Community Tree Planting Services

Provides both technical support on species selection and help sourcing and planting trees in public spaces. We will create a plan to help you plant the right tree in the right place.

Need help with any of the above? Consider applying for technical assistance from DOF.

Applicant’s Contribution

Some of your (and your organization’s) time will be needed to review data for accuracy, attend several planning workshops, discuss goals, and spend time to implement strategies (strategies will be your decision).

To Apply

Complete a short online survey-style application (estimated time to complete is 15 minutes). Applications may be submitted from February 20 to April 25, 2024.

Once you complete the short survey-style online application, you’ll be contacted in May or June to discuss your request. Program awardees will be notified in June 2024. While this is a competitive application, priority will be given to those with the most need as indicated on CEJST. We aim to support as many applicants as possible. All work will be completed over one to two years.

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More Assistance

If you can’t complete the application online, contact the Urban and Community Forestry staff at or (434) 220-9024 for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is assistance provided?

Complete a short online survey-style application to request assistance. Assistance is provided directly from one of DOF’s community partner groups or staff (no money changes hands).

What paperwork is required?

Complete a short online survey-style application and if selected, you will need to sign a commitment to participate letter (template provided to awardees).

What if I already know what kind of assistance we need?

You still must complete the survey-style application. We need to ensure that the most strategic assistance is provided for your community. The application also includes a section to request project-specific assistance. If you need financial assistance (e.g., for tree maintenance or staff support, etc.), you will need to apply for one of DOF’s grant programs.

How are communities selected?

All applications will be ranked by experienced staff and community partner groups. Underserved and disadvantaged communities will be prioritized for assistance using  the CEJST tool.

What do I need to contribute? What does my community need to contribute?

Some of your (and your organization’s) time will be needed to review data for accuracy, attend several (up to three) planning workshops, discuss goals and spend time to implement strategies (strategies will be your decision).

Additional Resources

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Community Forest Revitalization Program – Creating and Supporting Community Forestry Projects
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Forestry topic information sheet provides information about Department of Forestry’s Community Forest Revitalization Program available to help create and support forestry projects in underserved communities.

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