Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) – Urban and Community Forestry in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry is pleased to offer the Community Challenge Grant program. Urban and Community Forestry is a cooperative program that focuses on the stewardship of urban natural resources, and this program is designed to encourage projects that promote tree planting, the care of trees, the protection and enhancement of urban and community forest ecosystems, and education on tree issues in cities, towns and communities across the nation. Community Challenge Grants are awarded through this program to encourage and promote citizen involvement in creating and supporting long-term and sustainable urban and community forestry programs at the local level.
The Community Challenge Grants are to be used to promote and enhance the quality of Arizona’s urban and community forests. Research project funding is provided as seed-dollars. Projects should be aimed at improving the long-term health and care of the urban forest, or at initiating new urban forestry projects in Arizona communities that would not otherwise be funded through existing budgets.
STATE STRATEGIC GOALS AND PROGRAM PRIORITIES
In order to be eligible, all proposals must meet at least one of the State’s strategic goals for urban and community forestry outlined in the Arizona Forest Action Plan (https://dffm.az.gov/sites/default/files/Arizona-Forest-Resource-Strategy-2010.pdf):
People and communities receive maximum benefits from forests and trees.
Resilient and diverse forest ecosystem structures, processes and functions.
Increased resilience of forest ecosystems to climate change.
Broad public understanding of climate change science – Arizona’s variable climate and current and future impacts on Arizona’s forest systems.
Improved communication between cultural groups about varying perspectives and beliefs related to forests, trees and other natural resources.