Oct. 3, 2023
City of Pensacola Awarded $1 Million in Federal Grant Funding
The City of Pensacola has been awarded $1 million in federal funding from the Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program to support inner-city communities through equitable access to trees and their natural benefits.
The grant dollars will be used to support the city’s disadvantaged communities in three areas:
- Tree planting and maintenance
- Restoration and resilience
- Workforce development
The funding is part of more than $1 billion awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture for this program, which was made possible by the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act.
"I’ve said from the beginning that for our city to thrive, it has to be a city for all of us – not just some of us,” Mayor D.C. Reeves said. "This $1 million will help us improve quality of life and health outcomes in our most underserved communities. I appreciate this historic investment by the USDA that more than triples our funding for Pensacola’s tree canopy, and I thank our Grants Office for another job well done.”
The City of Pensacola was selected from a pool of 842 grant proposals and is one of 23 awardees in the State of Florida. The Grants Office will continue to work with the USDA and the U.S. Forestry Service’s grant staff to further specify the funding’s specific usage and ways it can benefit communities in the City of Pensacola.
To learn more about Urban and Community Forestry Grants, visit the USDA Forest Service website.