Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) Grant

Get up to $10,000 to manage, improve, or conserve your Missouri community's trees.

Deadline is June 3

TRIM is a competitive, cost-share tree care program administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council. The program provides reimbursement of $1,000 to $10,000 to assist government agencies, public schools, and nonprofit groups with the management, improvement, or conservation of trees on public lands. Three to six grants of $25,000 (maximum MDC share) will also be authorized. Applicants interested in both a $10,000 and a $25,000 grant must submit separate applications for each.

Projects eligible for TRIM funding include tree inventory, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and training of volunteers and city/county employees to best care for our community forests.

Application Workshops

Workshops are scheduled around the state to assist new or returning grantees. Please check the TRIM Events calendar on this page, or get in touch with your local MDC Forester.

Applicants must submit a completed application form, which 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. The application deadline is June 3.

Projects for funding are selected on a competitive basis. A panel of judges assess each proposal for its value to the community, thoroughness as a tree-management program and the ability to promote, improve and develop a community's urban forest, and economic feasibility.

Grant recipients can receive up to 60 percent of the money needed for their projects. Projects located in communities with The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation are eligible for an additional 15 percent in matching funds.

An application workbook is available in PDF format below to help interested communities put together a first-rate proposal.

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

This PDF is fillable, so you can download, complete, and email it, OR print, complete, and return it by regular mail if you prefer.

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This workbook helps you complete your Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant.

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2016 TRIM Grant Application Workshop Schedule

Eight workshops scheduled around the state aim to help you develop the most successful Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant application possible. Some workshops require registration. Find the one nearest you.

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