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 Arbor Week Celebration Program – Grants Awarded to 20 Community Groups
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:
- A Living Library / Life Frames
- Alice Fong Yu Alternative School Parents Association
- Campesinas Unidas del Valle de San Joaquin
- Common Vision (see photo of bare root tree planting in Richmond at right)
- Green Technical Education & Employment
- Huntington Beach Tree Society
- Keep Eureka Beautiful
- Madera Coalition for Community Justice
- Nevada City Chamber
- Our City Forest
- Planting Justice
- ReImagine Mack Road
- Roseville Urban Forest Foundation
- Tree Foundation of Kern
- Tree Fresno
- Tree Musketeers
- Tree San Diego
- Woodland Tree Foundation
- Your Children’s Trees
Deadlines for the 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program – Round 2 – and the 2016 Planting With Purpose Grant Program were due December 5, 2016.
California ReLeaf has released a Request for Proposals for Round 2 of the 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program, with up to $125,000 in funding for tree planting projects for disadvantaged communities.
The 2016 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 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 either be located in, or provide benefit to, disadvantaged communities as defined by CalEnviroScreen 2.0.
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.