The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus announced another round of federal grant money is available to municipalities to fight the devastating effects of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Three different grants are available to communities, a Restoration Grant to assist in tree replanting, a Technical Assistance Grant to assist in preparing a tree inventory & management plan, and a Wood Utilization Grant.
We have reviewed the grant documents, and this looks like a terrific opportunity for communities within the IL Dept. of Ag quarantine zone, as well as the landscape contractors, nurseries, & tree care companies that partner with these communities. We are well positioned to help our customers get these federal dollars at work in our communities.
Application & Grant guidelines can be found at:
There will also be two workshops to assist applicants:
- January 17, 10am – Noon at Illinois Department of Agriculture, 2280 Bethany Rd., Suite B, DeKalb, IL 60115. Call 815-787-5479 for reservations and parking directions
- January 22, 10am –Noon at Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, (Willis Tower) Chicago, IL 60606
For reservations for the Chicago workshop or general grant program information contact Edith Makra, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus: email@example.com or 312-201-4506.
Spring Grove Nursery can help communities meet the requirements of this grant program. We offer a diverse selection of species as outlined in the grant. The grant also requires all new trees to come from an IL Dept of Ag certified nursery, and we hold that certification. In addition, we also hold an EAB Compliance Agreement. All grants must first be reviewed & approved by an ISA Certified Arborist. Jamie Thomas is certified, and he can assist small communities that do not have their own Certified Arborist on staff.
The deadline for all grant applications is Feb 1, 2013. Please call us if you would like assistance in preparing your grant application.