The Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Innovation grant program is administered by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) in cooperation with the Montana Urban and Community forestry Association (MUCFA.) With funding from a federal award of the U/S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Forestry Division.

The goals of the UCF Innovation Awards are to improve condition and function of urban landscapes and green infrastructure in Montana communities. And to address the state urban forestry plan and Montana Forest Action Plan goals and to promote innovative and significant projects that raise awareness through urban forestry.

Grant Cycle

The Request for Proposal will be available in the winter of 2024.

Learn More

  • Montana Cities
  • Montana Townships
  • Montana Counties
  • Institutes of Higher Knowledge
  • Non-Profits
  • Native American Tribal Governments

Projects should tie to the chosen theme by creating relevant goals, objectives and public awareness specific to your town.  Projects should increase diversity, health and resilient urban forests. And should increase urban tree canopy cover to enhance ecosystem benefits.

Project examples may include identifying areas lacking canopy cover to strategically plant trees; supporting use of food forests; community sourcing, trail projects for climate adaptation or a specific function, i.e. pollution control, stormwater, human heath and wellness, and management and planning for trees at risk.

There are 2 grants available.

  • 1 grant in the amount of $5,000 for communities below 10,000 population
  • 1 grant in the amount of $10,000 for communities above 10,000 population

Match is not required but is strongly encouraged.

The request for proposal will be available inthe winter of 2023. Please cheek for a link to the application then.

Contact Us

Jamie Kirby
Urban Forestry Program Manager

Alexis Armstrong
Forestry Assistance Program Support Technician