MDC offers grants, grant workshop for community tree care

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) cost-share grants -- and a local grant workshop -- to help government agencies, public schools, and not-for-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land. TRIM grants are used to help fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and the training of volunteers and city and county employees to best care for community forests.

TRIM grants are administered by MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council and the U.S. Forest Service. The TRIM grant program provides reimbursements of $1,000 to $25,000 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.

The deadline for TRIM grant applications is June 5.

To assist potential grant applicants, MDC will hold a grant workshop on March 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the MDC Southeast Regional Office, 2302 County Park Drive in Cape Girardeau. Register by contacting MDC Resource Forester Rocky Hayes at 573-290-5858, ext. 4421.

Get more information on TRIM grants, including grant applications and workbooks, online at