California ReLeaf seeks and provides pass-through grants to ReLeaf Network Members and other community groups interested in planting and caring for trees in California. In the past, grant funding has been provided through the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Region IX of the Environmental Protection Agency and the USDA Forest Service. (see, for example, the Recovery Act Grants of 2009).
The purpose of these programs is to meet the critical need of creating and sustaining healthy communities in California by providing funding for an array of urban forestry efforts that range from education and outreach to tree-planting projects.
Since 1992, California ReLeaf has distributed more than $9 million to nonprofits, local agencies and community-based groups throughout the state for the planting and care of trees on public property, education and outreach projects, green jobs training, and volunteer development. Grant recipients have involved thousands of volunteers in the planting and care of nearly 200,000 trees and have contributed more than $9.8 million in donated goods and services, volunteer time, and matching funds.
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2016 Planting With Purpose Grant Program
The 2016 Planting With Purpose Grant Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which received money in the 2014-15 State Budget from the California Climate Investments Program to support projects that combat climate change. All funded projects must reduce greenhouse gasses, and all must either be located in, or provide benefit to, disadvantaged communities as defined by CalEnviroScreen 2.0.
- Informational Overview
- Budget Form
- GHG Reductions Worksheet
- Información en Español
Planting with Purpose Grant Program Webinar
On Tuesday, July 12 from 10am-11am PST California ReLeaf and the SB 535 Coalition presented a free webinar providing valuable tips and insights into preparing a viable proposal for our 2016 Planting with Purpose Grant Program. The Greenlining Institute’s Environmental Equity Program Manager Emi Wang and California ReLeaf’s Director of Public Policy & Grants Chuck Mills will be joined by Urban Ecos Founder & Owner Kelaine Ravdin in this webinar to navigate attendees through the Grant Guidelines & Application. Emphasis was placed on:
- Project & applicant eligibility
- Providing authentic benefits to disadvantaged communities
- Detailing what applicants must do to allow for GHG reductions to be calculated for their projects
This 60-minute webinar will include ample time for Q&A, and is strongly encouraged for anyone considering submitting an application to this program. View the webinar below, and click here to download the slides.
2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program Award Recipients Announced
The 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program is supporting nine community-based projects across California that will reduce greenhouse gasses, and are either located in, or providing benefits to, disadvantaged communities as defined by CalEnviroScreen 2.0. The program is supported by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which received money in the 2014-15 State Budget from the California Climate Investments Program to support projects that combat climate change. Congratulations to are Cycle 1 award recipients:
- Amigos de Los Rios
- Earth Team
- From Lot to Spot
- Growing Together
- Industrial District Green
- Madera Coalition for Community Justice
- Tree Fresno
- Tree San Diego
- The University Corporation, CSU Northridge
California ReLeaf will be offering a second round of Social Equity Tree Plating Grants in 2016, also funded by the California Climate Investments Program. Check back in autumn 2016 for more information.