(30 ILCS 735/5) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 9305)
    Sec. 5. Application for assistance; forestry plan.
    (a) Applicants may submit an Urban/Community Forestry Proposal for assistance under the provisions of this Act.
    (b) Requests for grant assistance shall include, but not be limited to, those activities that will implement a portion of the applicant's forestry program or forestry management plan or will lead to the development of a forestry management plan for the unit of local government.
    (c) Multiple applicants may apply jointly for assistance under this Act.
    (d) The Department shall evaluate the application and notify the applicant of the qualification or non-qualification of the application. The evaluation shall consider, among other factors, the effect of the proposal on each of the following:
        (1) The facilitation of improvements to the quality
of the environment in forests and green space areas within the applicant's jurisdiction through the improved management and preservation of the urban/community forest resources for the common good, health, welfare, and safety of the citizens of this State.
        (2) The creation of employment opportunities in tree
maintenance and related urban/community forestry activities.
        (3) Maximizing the potential of tree and vegetative
cover in reducing energy consumption.
        (4) The establishment and commitment to the
management and improvement of the forest resources of the community.
        (5) An increased public awareness.
        (6) Increased participation of local citizenry and
(Source: P.A. 89-172, eff. 1-1-96.)