Receive up to $10,000 to manage, improve, or conserve your Missouri community's trees.
TRIM is a competitive, cost-share tree care program administered by the Department and the Missouri Community Forest Council. The program provides a reimbursement of $1,000 to $10,000 to assist government entities and nonprofit groups with the management, improvement, or conservation of trees on public lands. An additional three to six grants of $25,000 (maximum MDC share) may also be awarded each year. 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, hazardous tree removal or pruning, tree planting, and volunteer and city/county employee training on how to best care for our community forests.
Workshops are 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. The application form requires project costs, funding sources, maps and drawings of the project site, a three-year maintenance plan, and a letter of approval from the governmental body owning the proposed project site. This application workbook will help interested communities put together a first-rate proposal. Applications are due the first Friday in June every year.
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.