ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking applications for urban forestry grants that can be used to enhance landscapes and provide green spaces in urban areas across the state. Commissioner Joe Martens says trees, parks, and other green space in cities supports wildlife habitat, helps protect against storm damage, alleviates summer heat and reduces storm water runoff.

Grants are available to municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations. Awards will range from $2,500 to $50,000, depending on municipal population, and have a 50/50 match requirement.

The money comes from the state's Environmental Protection Fund.

Applicants can get instructions and forms on the DEC website ( ).