MDC offers TRIM grants for community forest improvements

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering grants to assist government agencies, public schools and non-profit groups with the management, improvement and conservation of trees and forests on public land. The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) cost-share grants can help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting and the training of volunteers and city/county employees to best care for community forests.

To assist potential grant applicants, MDC will hold TRIM-grant workshops throughout the state including Hannibal, St. Joseph, Kirkwood, Joplin, Kansas City and Springfield. There will also be a TRIM-grant workshop from 9:30 a.m.-noon April 10 at the Runge Nature Center, which is located off Highway 179 in Jefferson City. Registration is required. Contact MDC Resource Forester Angela Belden at 573-592-1400 ext. 4, or Angela.Belden@mdc.mo.gov, to register or for more information.

TRIM grants are administered by MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council. The program provides reimbursements of $1,000 to $10,000 to grant recipients to fund up to 60 percent of money needed for projects. Projects located in communities with The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation are eligible for an additional 10 percent in matching funds.

Proposals are assessed on a competitive basis for their value to the community, thoroughness as a tree-management program, the ability to promote, improve and develop a community's urban forest, and economic feasibility.

TRIM applicants must submit a completed application by June 1 that details project costs and funding sources, maps and drawings of the project site, a three-year maintenance plan for the project and a letter of approval from the governmental body owning the proposed project site.

For more information on TRIM grants, including grant application and workbook, visit mdc.mo.gov.

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