The state of Maryland has a 5 Million Trees Initiative with the goal of engaging communities in getting as many trees planted as possible. As part of this initiative, a variety of grants are available to houses of worship, businesses, and neighborhoods (not individuals) who want trees for shade, healthy water, backyard buffers, or even a memorial garden or other beautification project. Projects can be small or large-scale and include contract work for planting or even high-cost site prep such as removing concrete and rebuilding around the trees. Location-wise, nearly every site in Maryland is eligible, and lots of funds are currently available, so most projects will be considered!
No grant-writing experience? Not sure if you have a viable project or which grant to apply for? No worries! The Maryland Forest Service has a dedicated specialist to help you determine a good grant “fit” and guide you through the process. To learn more contact Anna Twigg, MPA, Tree Planting Specialist for Frederick & Washington County, (301)-791-4010 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 15 for spring planting (best to apply by January)
July 15 for fall planting (best to apply by June)
Recommend applying EARLY as applications need to be approved by the forestry board, which does not meet regularly.