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Emerald Ash Borer Grant Award Announcement

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus announces the recipients of the Mitigating Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Impacts on the Urban Forest municipal grants. The Caucus administers this program with funds from the US Forest Service through their Urban and Community Forestry; and Forest Health Cooperative Programs and through the US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). To assist communities in managing urban forest resources that are impacted by EAB, these types of grants are made:

  • Reforestation Grants to plant trees to replace ash trees
  • • Technical Assistance Grants to inventory trees and produce EAB management plans, and;
  • Wood Utilization Grants to enable the reclamation of wood products from felled ash trees.

A total of 158 applications from 132 different municipalities were received seeking $2,293,922.90 in assistance (see Figure 1). A team of 27 independent reviewers representing academia, state and federal agencies, non-profit groups and other technical and civic experts carefully evaluated applications to make the best possible awards from the $495,000 available. Applicants did not fail to show their commitment, proposing a total of $9,123,722.04 in local matching funds.

Applications Received and Funded by Grant Category
Granted Category Applications Applications Funded Grant Funds Requested Grant Funds Awarded
Reforestation 121 25 $1,933,062.75 $381,184.75
Technical Assistance 32 7 $443,520.00 $100,360.00
Wood Utilization 5 1 $38,912.65 $10,000.00
Total 158 33 $2,415,495.40 $491,544.75


Just 33 projects were selected for funding. Noting that GLRI funds are limited to communities in Cook and Lake Counties, communities in 3 additional counties received funding. While the amount awarded to each organization ranged from $2,289 to $40,000, the average amount awarded was $14,895.30.The greatest demand, and the most available funds are for Reforestation Grants.

Criteria for selection included need, quality and feasibility of the work plan; and the leveraged outcome. Receipt of previous EAB grants were factored into the assessment of need. The grant program also aims to build community capacity to manage EAB, therefore funds were more likely to be awarded to applicants that had not previously received an award. Applicants who had already received two prior grants were not selected to receive a third award this year. A few prior recipients of Technical Assistance Grants were awarded Reforestation Grants this year because of demonstrated a commitment to implement EAB management plans by strategically removing and planting trees. See recipients marked with *.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

2013 EAB Grant Recipients
Community Total Grant Awarded
Village of Addison $10,000.00
Village of Barrington* $10,000.00
Village of Bensenville $10,000.00
Village of Brookfield $10,000.00
Village of Carpentersville $20,000.00
Village of Elburn $10,000.00
City of Elgin $40,000.00
Village of Glen Ellyn $20,000.00
Glenview Park District* $10,000.00
Village of Hainesville $10,000.00
Village of Hanover Park $20,000.00
City of Highland Park $20,000.00
Village of Hinsdale* $10,000.00
Village of Lake Zurich $10,000.00
Village of Lombard $20,000.00
Village of Mundelein $20,000.00
Village of Norridge $10,000.00
Village of Oak Park $30,000.00
Lake Katherine Nature Center (City of Palos Heights) $2,289.00
Village of Plainfield $20,000.00
Village of River Forest $6,000.00
Village of Roselle* $10,000.00
City of Wheaton $13,500.00
Village of Wheeling* $19,995.75
Village of Woodridge $19,400.00
25 Recipients $381,184.75
Technical Assistance
Community Total Grant Awarded
Addison Park District $4,795.00
City of Berwyn $20,000.00
City of Country Club Hills $9,765.00
Dundee Township Park District $6,050.00
Village of Glendale Heights $20,000.00
Village of Homer Glen $20,000.00
City of Palos Heights $19,750.00
7 Recipients $100,360.00
Wood Utilization
Community Total Grant Awarded
West Chicago Park District $10,000.00
1 Recipient $10,000.00