Nov. 27, 2002 – If you've got a good idea for an environmental project, your organization may be eligible for a grant from the Agriculture Department's Urban and Community Forestry Assistance program.
Grants are made on a competitive basis to non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, territorial government agencies and educational institutions. They can range from $1,000 to around $20,000, depending on the nature of the projects.
Chris Powell, the program coordinator, said it's not known yet know how much money will be available to be awarded.
The grants can be for numerous types of projects, according to Powell. Currently, he said, the Agriculture Department is helping to fund 20 initiatives that include transplanting mahogany trees at Sunday Market Square on St. Croix, conducting eco-camps and determining which native species thrive under what conditions. "The projects can be anything educational," he said.
The goal of the grant program is to encourage community involvement in creating and supporting long-term, sustainable urban and community forestry programs throughout the territory.
The deadline to apply is Feb. 28. To learn more or to request a grant application, send an e-mail to Chris Powell, call him at 778- 0997, ext. 233, or write to him at Agriculture Department, No. 1 Estate Lower Love, Kingshill VI. 00850.
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