Financial Assistance for Urban and Community Forestry Projects

The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) supports local communities in their efforts to plant trees, improve urban tree cover, protect water, and more. DOF has two grant programs that can help communities develop healthy, resilient urban tree cover.


Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program

The Virginia Trees for Clean Water (VTCW) Grant program encourages the creation of long-term, sustained canopy cover to improve water quality across the Commonwealth. This grant is used to fund tree planting efforts that raise public awareness of the benefits of trees and their impacts on water quality.

Learn more about the Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program.


Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

The Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Grant program encourages projects that promote the protection and enhancement of urban and community forest ecosystems, tree planting, the care of trees, and education on tree issues in cities, towns and communities.

Learn more about the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.


Forest Pest Treatment Cost-Share Programs

Treating trees for destructive non-native insects increases the chance of preserving genetic material for tree species throughout the state. The Emerald Ash Borer and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share Programs can help landowners and organizations offset treatment costs of trees on their property. Click the links below for program-specific requirements and information on how to apply.

Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Cost-Share Program

Treating ash trees for this destructive non-native insect increases the chance of preserving genetic material of ash trees throughout the state. The Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Cost-Share Program can help landowners and organizations offset up to 50% of costs for treatment of ash trees through stem injections with emamectin benzoate insecticide.

Learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Cost-Share Program.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share Program

The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share Program can help landowners and organizations offset treatment costs for eastern and Carolina hemlock trees on their property. This program will reimburse up to 100% of imidacloprid or dinotefuran insecticide treatment costs, either performed by the landowner or a certified arborist.

Learn more about the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share Program.


Community Forest Revitalization Program

The Community Forest Revitalization program is a technical assistance program that 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, tribes and universities can apply for support to map, plan and manage community forests.

Learn more about the Community Forest Revitalization Program.


Eligible Applicants

We welcome applications from state agencies, local and regional governments, tribal communities and organizations, approved nonprofit organizations, neighborhood associations, civic groups, public educational institutions (college level) or community tree volunteer groups.


Additional Resources

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Ash Tree Management - Dealing with the Emerald Ash Borer Invasion
Ash Tree Management – Dealing with the Emerald Ash Borer InvasionFT0035

Forestry topic information sheet provides information about managing your ash trees during a time when the emerald ash borer is invading, including options for your property and possible biological controls being used.

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Community Forest Revitalization Program – Creating and Supporting Community Forestry Projects
Community Forest Revitalization Program – Creating and Supporting Community Forestry ProjectsFT0065

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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Emerald Ash Borer Cost-Share Program - Cost Assistance for Protecting Ash Trees
Emerald Ash Borer Cost-Share Program – Cost Assistance for Protecting Ash TreesFT0032

Forestry topic information sheet provides information about the Emerald Ash Borer Cost-Share Program for protecting ash trees, including the requirements and treatments covered by the program.

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Emerald Ash Borer Program
Emerald Ash Borer Program

Learn more about the ash treatment financial assistance program and to see the work that has been done so far.

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Emerald Ash Borer Program - Application Process and Information
Emerald Ash Borer Program – Application Process and Information

Document provides guidance through the application process for the Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Cost-Share Program offering financial assistance for treating ash trees.

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Emerald Ash Borer Program Cost-Share Application
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Emerald Ash Borer Program Cost-Share Application - Supplement
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Forestry Grant Program -Time and Activity Log for Staff and Volunteers
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Hemlock Tree Management - Protection from the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Hemlock Tree Management – Protection from the Hemlock Woolly AdelgidFT0063

Forestry topic information sheet discusses treatment options to protect hemlock trees from the damaging hemlock woolly adelgid.

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Soil Drench Treatment
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Soil Drench Treatment

Video on how to treat hemlock trees using the soil drench method.

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share Program - Application Process and Information
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share Program – Application Process and Information

Document provides guidance through the application process for the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share Program offering financial assistance for treating hemlock trees.

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share Program Application
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share Program Application6.07

Application form to be completed to apply for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share Program.

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Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)W-9Viewfinance financial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance-forest-health financial-assistance-water-quality financial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response financial-assistance-forest-management fire-and-emergency-response forest-health forest-management urban-and-community-forestry water-qualitycost-share-programs eabt-program firewise-virginia-community-hazard-mitigation-grant-program grant-programs hemlock-woolly-adelgid-treatment-cost-share-program lpfct-program lpr-program pct-program rt-program throwing-shade-va-program va-trees-for-clean-water-program volunteer-fire-assistance-grant-programform
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Contract Signing
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Contract Signing

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of forestry grants. This guide assists with contract signing.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Registration User Guide
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Registration User Guide

System Access Portal User Guide for registering to use the grants system.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Requesting a Contract Amendment
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Requesting a Contract Amendment

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of forestry grants. This guide assists with requesting a contract amendment.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants.

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Throwing Shade VA - Eligible Native Species
Throwing Shade VA – Eligible Native Species

Listing of native species of trees and shrubs that are eligible for a discount at participating nurseries through the Throwing Shade VA program.

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Throwing Shade VA - Program Flyer
Throwing Shade VA – Program Flyer

This flyer provides an overview of the Throwing Shade VA program for promotional purposes.

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Throwing Shade VA - Program Flyer (png)
Throwing Shade VA – Program Flyer (png)

This flyer provides an overview of the Throwing Shade VA program for promotional purposes.

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Throwing Shade VA - Survey Form
Throwing Shade VA – Survey Form

Printable survey form (2 per sheet) that can be used for paper reporting of to receive a discount at participating nurseries through the Throwing Shade VA program.

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Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant Program Budget Worksheet
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Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program - Request for Application
Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program – Request for Application

Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program – Request for Application document details the program and proposal requirements as well as deadlines and submission information.

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Urban and Community Forestry Programs - Resources for Trees in Our Communities, Cities and Towns
Urban and Community Forestry Programs – Resources for Trees in Our Communities, Cities and TownsFT0052

Forestry topic information sheet discusses the urban and community forestry programs available through the DOF.

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Virginia Department of Forestry Grants - Frequently Asked Questions
Virginia Department of Forestry Grants – Frequently Asked Questions

Document answers the most common questions asked about forestry grants, including application requirements, qualifying expenses, reimbursements and other how do I… questions.

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Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants - Request for Applications
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants – Request for Applications

Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants – Request for Applications document details the program and application requirements as well as deadlines and submission information.

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A variety of financial assistance programs are available through DOF and partner agencies for community forestry and forest management activities.

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