1. Google Maps Engine for Nonprofits

    Has your organization been surveying your community’s forest? Would you like to start mapping that information? Google offers a great grant opportunity that might help!   Google Maps Engine is for organizations who have lots of raster and vector data and are excited to use the cloud-based infrastructure to store, process and publish this data. Set different access permissions for who can view, edit, or publish your map data. Click here to find out more about the engine.   Google Maps Engine Grants accounts include:   10GB Storage quota for raster and vector datasets 250,000 internal pageviews 10 Million external...
  2. Healthy Trees Mean Healthy People and Healthy Communities

    The health of California’s population is largely determined by the social, physical, economic, and environments in which people live, work, learn, and play.  These environments shape the choices that people make every day, as well as their opportunities and resources for health. Simply put: urban and community forests make our lives better.  They clean the air and water, provide oxygen and wildlife habitat and help conserve energy through shading.  Most people are aware that being outdoors and being exposed to green spaces feels good and restorative, but there is more to it.  In the past 30 years there has been an...
  3. CAL FIRE Urban Forestry Grants Available

    Deadline: September 19   CAL FIRE offers these grants to eligible applicants on an annual basis as funding permits. Funding for the grant programs varies from year to year and is based on the availability of Proposition-based bonds, Federal Grants from the USDA Forest Service, State General Funds, and approval of Budgets for each fiscal year. The grants are designed to create or implement projects that benefit urban forestry and urban greening efforts and will vary each year, so it is imperative that the applicant reads the description of each grant to determine whether the proposed project meets the stated...
  4. PLT Greenworks! Grants

    PLT GreenWorks! Grants Deadline to apply: September 30   National Project Learning Tree is pleased to announce that PLT GreenWorks! grants are available again. Since 1992, PLT has distributed nearly $1 million to fund 1,000 environmental service-learning projects in communities across the country.   This year, there is one form for a PLT-trained educator to apply for either a “traditional” PLT GreenWorks! grant (up to $1,000) or a PLT GreenWorks! grant to help fund an action project at a school following the completion of one or more of PLT’s GreenSchools! Investigations (up to $3,000). For more information, visit the link...
  5. Funding Grassroots Efforts in Northern California

    The Rose Foundation has a grant-making program known as the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund, which is a pooled fund supported by about 20 funding partners. This program seeks to build the capacity and “people power” of small grassroots groups to achieve greater environmental health and sustainability.   The program awards grants of up to $5,000 to organizations that tackle critical environmental problems in their communities. To date, the Fund has awarded the majority of its grants to organizations with budgets under $25,000– a trend indicating this program’s dedication to supporting small, grassroots organizations.   This grant program sounds like...
  6. Patagonia – Growing the Grassroots

    Patagonia funds only environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because they believe that true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement, funding focuses on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support.   Most grants are in the range of $3,000-$8,000. If your work fits within their guidelines, your proposal is welcomed during the month of August.
  7. Grant Encourages Tree Planting Projects

    Hardwood Forestry Fund Deadline: August 31, 2012   The Hardwood Forestry Fund promotes hardwood timber growth, management, and education, as well as environmentally sound uses of renewable forest resources. The Fund supports projects on public land, including state, local, or university land, or on property owned by nonprofit organizations.   Grants are provided for the planting and/or management of commercial hardwood species, giving preference to cherry, red oak, white oak, hard maple, and walnut. Examples of planting sites include idle land being converted to forest; sites damaged by wildfire, insect or disease, ice, or wind storms; and naturally regenerating sites...
  8. California ReLeaf and Canopy Win a Grant from Odwalla

    In April, California ReLeaf and Canopy teamed up to enter the Odwalla Plant a Tree competition. Over the course of two months, supporters were asked to choose their favorite tree planting project by voting for one of twenty entries. The top ten vote recipients will each receive a $10,000 grant from Odwalla. We’re happy to announce that the California ReLeaf/Canopy project made it into the top ten and will be receiving one of those grants! The funds will be used to plant 116 trees at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto. We’re also very proud to announce that two other...
  9. Benicia Branches Out to Improve Air Quality

    Understanding And Valuing Benicia’s Urban Forest Jeanne Steinmann Before the gold rush in 1850, Benicia’s hills and flats made for a rather barren landscape. In 1855, humorist George H. Derby, an army Lieutenant, is reported to have liked the people of Benicia, but not the place, as it was “not yet paradise” due to the lack of trees. The dearth of trees is also well documented through old photographs and written records. Our landscape has changed dramatically with the planting of many trees over the past 160 years. In 2004, the City began taking a serious look at the care...
  10. We Need Your Vote NOW

    Tomorrow, May 31st, is the last day to vote in the Odwalla Plant a Tree Contest. The top ten vote recipients will each win $10,000 to plant trees. Right now, California ReLeaf and Canopy’s planting project at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto is in 10th place and in danger of slipping out of the running. We need your vote NOW. Go to http://bit.ly/HygZBx to place your vote for the Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids project to plant 116 trees in an underserved area. Then click one of the buttons below to share the contest through Facebook, Twitter or Google+.