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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California ReLeaf is pleased to announce $20,000 in the first cycle of pass-through funding for the 2018 California Arbor Week to celebrate the value of trees for all Californians. This program is brought to you thanks to the support of the USDA Forest Service and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
California ReLeaf has released a Request for Proposals for 2018 Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program, with up to $800,000 in funding for tree planting projects throughout the state. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
The 2018 Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which received money in the 2016-17 State Budget from the California Climate Investments Program to support projects that combat climate change. All funded projects must reduce greenhouse gasses, with significant focus on supporting projects located in disadvantaged communities as defined by CalEnviroScreen 2.0.
Through CAL FIRE’s Urban & Community Forestry Program, California ReLeaf is able to administer urban forestry grant programs on behalf of the State of California that reduce greenhouse gasses, with significant focus on supporting project located in disadvantaged communities as defined by CalEnviroScreen 2.0.
Connection to Urban Forestry: Urban forestry is the primary focus of this program.
Available Funding (2017-18): $800,000
Status of Program Guidelines: Completed
Next Expected Request for Proposals: Applications are due no later than February 28th, 2018
Eligible Applicants: Incorporated nonprofit organizations and unincorporated community-based groups (with a fiscal sponsor) located in California
California ReLeaf is pleased to announce that $50,000 in pass-through funding was awarded to 20 organizations for the 2017 California Arbor Week to celebrate the value of trees for all Californians. This program was generously funded by the USDA Forest Service and Pacific Gas & Electric.
Twenty community groups spanning the state from as far south as El Centro (11 miles from the Mexican border) to as far north as Eureka are planting 300 trees, caring for almost 900 trees and teaching environmental stewardship with nearly 900 4th graders as well as other schoolchildren – all as part of celebrating California Arbor Week.
The following community groups were awarded stipends ranging from $1,000 to $3,000: