Community Forest Bonding Grants

Division of Forestry

Community Forest Bonding Grants

photo of Oakwilt removalPlanting a Diverse Community Forest, Removal and Replacement of EAB-Infested Public Ash Trees, and Replacement of Trees Lost to Storms.


Community Forest Bonding Grants cycle for 2012-2014 is closed for applications.

Application Documents



Grants will be made for the planting of shade trees on public land to:

Public land consists of all publicly owned land within the grantee's jurisdiction where street trees and planting spaces typically exist.


Eligible Applicants

No match is required for these grant funds. However, applicants must complete all contractual obligations as stated in the Components Required upon Project Completion section of these guidelines. Proposals showing partial or full match with non-state cash or local in-kind contributions will be given greater consideration.

Note: Grant funds are not provided up front. Grantees must initially expend monies, which are then reimbursed under the terms of the grant agreement and listed contract requirements. Grantees can receive partial payments of up to 90 percent of the grant funds requested. The remaining 10 percent or more of the grant funds will be paid after the project, final report and a final inspection have been completed. Grant expenses will not be reimbursed until all requirements are complete.


Application Procedures

Award of Funds

Announcement of funding approvals will follow the review and selection process. All proposals will be reviewed by DNR Forestry staff. Final selection of projects and award amounts will be determined by the Bonding Grants Steering Committee.

Project Timeline

Program Funding

Grant projects will be financed using state general obligation bond dollars, authorized by the 2010 Minnesota Legislature. This appropriation provides $3 million for a four-year period ending in June, 2014. The use of these funds is specifically restricted to activities of a capital nature and must be conducted on publicly owned land. Read the guidelines carefully and consult with those in your organization who are familiar with these requirements, such as the City Attorney, Engineer, Administrator or Finance Director. See Minnesota Statutes chapter 16A.695 external link for details.