Florida Urban Forestry Grant

Department of Agriculture
Request for Proposal
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93141904 Agricultural or rural cooperatives services

The purpose of Florida’s U&CF Grant Program is to provide financial assistance to local governments, Native American tribal governments, volunteer groups, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to initiate or enhance local urban and community forestry programs and improve the urban environment within the state of Florida. The state of Florida anticipates an allocation of $400,000 for fiscal year 2016. However, the Florida Forest Service (FFS) has not received the federal funding to support this grant program at the time of issuance of this Request for proposal (RFP) and may have to delay contract execution until these funds are received. The primary purpose of this U&CF grant program is not beautification through tree planting, but to develop and enhance urban and community forestry programs. Total funding available for demonstration or site specific tree planting projects is limited to 20% of available funds ($80,000) and tree planting projects are limited to a maximum award of $20,000 per applicant.
The U&CF grant program is intended to help local governments, Native-American tribal governments, volunteer groups, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions get programs started and is not meant to be a continual funding source for staffing. The U&CF grant will fund staffing for no more than three grant years.

The US Forest Service has directed the FFS to focus on assisting communities to strengthen their urban forestry programs in the following four core areas:

1. Active involvement by community tree boards or citizen tree advisory groups.

2. Development of urban tree management plans based on current inventory data.

3. Program oversight by qualified professional staff or professional consultant.

4. Development of a tree ordinance that will enforce community tree care standards.

Addressing these four areas will involve education of citizens, local officials and tree care professionals. Encouraging volunteer and citizen group participation in these activities is also a key to program success. Some demonstration areas to show good urban forestry practices are also helpful and will be funded to a limited extent under this grant program.

Request for Proposal will be opened at the below address at 02:00 P.M., March 31, 2016.

Please direct all questions to:
Vianka Colin
Phone: (850) 617-7188
FAX: (850) 617-7190

407 S. Calhoun Street
SB-8 Mayo Building
Tallahassee FL, 32399–0800

Email: Vianka.Colin@FreshFromFlorida.com

Any person with a disability requiring special accommodations at the pre-solicitation conference and/or bid/proposal opening shall contact purchasing at the phone number above at least five (5) working days prior to the event. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact this office by using the Florida Relay Services which can be reached at 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department reserves the right to reject any and all bids or accept minor irregularities in the best interest of the State of Florida.

Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged to participate in the solicitation process.