TRIM is a competitive, cost-share tree care program administered by the Department in partnership with the Missouri Community Forest Council which provides funding to assist government entities and nonprofit groups with the management, improvement or conservation of trees on public lands.
The program is designed to assist Missouri communities in initiating or significantly improving their efforts to care for the publicly owned trees. Funding is used to encourage communities to have a sustainable, balanced and comprehensive community forestry program based on a current tree inventory, managed with guidance of a community forestry professional, and that includes the promotion of community forest benefits.
Eligible applicants include government entities and non-profit groups, but all projects must be located on publicly owned property in Missouri.
Projects which address the planting and/or care of publicly owned trees in a community are eligible for funding. This includes but is not limited to tree inventory, plan development, tree removal or pruning, tree planting, volunteer and city/county employee training on how to best care for our community forests, outreach, etc.
Funds are awarded on a matching basis. All projects are eligible for a 60 percent match with additional match for projects located in a Tree City USA community or who have been recognized with a Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence in the last 12 months.
The program provides a reimbursement of $1,000 to $10,000 with an additional three to six grants of $25,000 (maximum MDC share) awarded each year. Applicants interested in both a $10,000 and a $25,000 grant must submit separate applications for each.
This is a competitive cost share program with applications accepted mid-March the first Friday in June every year. Successful applicants are notified in September with all work completing by May 1st.
The application and additional program information should be carefully reviewed as evaluation criteria and implementation expectations are carefully detailed. A complete application includes two short forms, documentation of project costs, maps and drawings of the project site. If tree planting is involved a three-year maintenance plan must be included. A letter of approval from the governmental body owning the proposed project site is required if the applicant is a nonprofit organization. An application workbook is available to help interested communities put together a first-rate proposal.
Workshops may be scheduled each spring to assist new and returning grantees with the application process. Check the TRIM workshop schedule or get in touch with your local MDC Forester to see if there’s a workshop scheduled near you.
Applicants may submit their application on paper or electronically as a PDF.