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South Dakota Department of Agriculture Accepting Applications for Urban and Community Forestry Grants





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NEWS RELEASE

 

 

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2020

           Media Contact: Brian Walsh, 605.773.3296

 

 

SDDA Accepting Applications for Urban and Community Forestry Grants

 

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is accepting applications for the 2020 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grants. South Dakota communities, non-profit organizations, and tribes are encouraged to apply.

 

The Challenge Grants can be used to help communities solve specific community forestry problems or demonstrate the importance of trees and urban forests in our communities. Projects must be for trees or tree management on public land or in public rights-of-way. Funds can be used for professional services, tree inventories and assessments, existing tree care and maintenance, training and education, and new tree plantings. Communities must contribute an equal match for all funds awarded which can be met through cash or in-kind contributions.

 

Projects must follow the guidelines for Community Forestry Challenge Grants. These guidelines and the grant application can be found at: https://sdda.sd.gov/           conservation-forestry/grants-loans/community-forestry-challenge-grants/. A new guided scoring system to assist applicants with their applications can be found on the same webpage.

 

Applications and accompanying documentation must be submitted to SDDA’s Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry (RC&F) by November 20, 2020. For more information please contact Rachel Ormseth at 605.773.3594.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $32.5 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 132,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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