MACON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will provide assistance with applying for Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant funding at a workshop in Macon on Feb. 14. The workshop will take place 10 a.m. – noon in Floral Hall at the Macon County Fairgrounds, 1303 S. Missouri St. in Macon.
TRIM is a competitive, cost-share tree care program administered by MDC in partnership with the Missouri Community Forestry Council (MCFC) and the U.S. Forest Service. The program provides grant funding for communities, schools, and nonprofit groups to pay for management, improvement, or conservation of trees on public lands. Grants award reimbursement of $1,000 - $25,000 to assist with these tree care efforts.
“TRIM grants offer a great opportunity to invest in improving communities for people and natural ecosystems,” said MDC Resource Forester Kyle Monroe. “By helping to fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and training volunteers and employees, these grants enable quality care for community forests that can have real, meaningful impact on communities across Missouri.”
MDC offers TRIM grant application workshops around the state to assist new or returning grantees with the application process and provide updates on deadlines and changes to the annually revised forms.
Application materials for 2018 grants are currently being updated by staff but will be available in early March at mdc.mo.gov/trim. Applications are due June 2.
Projects for funding are selected on a competitive basis. A panel of judges assesses each proposal for its value to the community, economic feasibility, thoroughness as a tree-management program, and the ability to promote, improve, and develop a community's urban forest.
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.
To register for the application workshop in Macon, or for more information, contact Kyle Monroe at (573) 248-2530, ext. 6373, or Kyle.Monroe@mdc.mo.gov. To learn more about how trees work for individuals, families, and whole communities, contact your local MDC forester, or visit treeswork.org,