Grants available for tree maintenance

Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

Non-profit groups are among those who can get cost-sharing grants to help with tree maintenance on public property.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) cost-share grants to help government agencies, public schools, and not-for-profit groups. The grants can help with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land.

According to the department, TRIM grants are used to help fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, for tree planting, and for the training of volunteers and city and county employees to best care for community forests.


TRIM grants are administered by MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council and the U.S. Forest Service. The TRIM grant program provides reimbursements of $1,000 to $25,000 to grant recipients to fund up to 60 percent of money needed for projects. Projects located in communities with The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation are eligible for an additional 10 percent in matching funds.

The deadline for TRIM grant applications is June 5.

Get more information on TRIM grants, including grant applications and workbooks, online at

To assist potential grant applicants, MDC will hold the following TRIM-grant workshop:

  • KANSAS CITY: March 26, 10 a.m. to noon, at the MDC Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. No registration is required.

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