1. Donation Solicitation Reporting

    Thousands of nonprofit organizations in the United States misreport how they solicit billions of dollars in donations, making it impossible for Americans to know how their gifts are used, according to a Scripps Howard News Service study of federal tax records.   Forty-one percent of all 37,987 charities and other nonprofit groups that collected at least $1 million according to their most recent report to the Internal Revenue Service made what experts agree is a ridiculous claim: They raised significant amounts of money without spending a dime to do so.   To read the full article, visit San Diego News...
  2. Grants Available for Tree Planting and Tree Care Projects

    $250,000 AVAILABLE FOR TREE PLANTING AND TREE CARE PROJECTS Sacramento, CA, May 21st – California ReLeaf unveiled its new grants program today that will provide more than $250,000 to community-based groups and other organizations throughout California for urban forestry projects.  California ReLeaf’s 2012 Urban Forestry and Education Grants Program is funded through contracts with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire) and Region IX of the Environmental Protection Agency.   Eligible applicants include incorporated nonprofit organizations and unincorporated community-based groups, with a financial sponsor, located in California.  Individual funding requests range from $1,000 to $10,000.  Applicants may...
  3. Network Well-Represented in SGC Grant Awardees

    Multiple members of the California ReLeaf Network were awarded more than $4.5 million in grant funding from the Strategic Growth Council last week to support urban greening projects and planning in the Central Valley and Southern California.   Numerous Network groups will be utilizing urban greening project funds to develop green space at several schools and schoolyards in California by replacing asphalt and concrete with permeable surfaces, bioswales, low mow/low maintenance grasses, gardens, native landscaping, understory and shade trees. Award recipients included the LA Conservation Corps, Hollywood Beautification Team and the Sacramento Tree Foundation.   In addition, TreePeople and North...
  4. Native Plant Conservation Initiative Grants

    Deadline: May 25, 2012 The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting proposals for 2012 Native Plant Conservation Initiative grants, which are awarded in cooperation with the Plant Conservation Alliance, a partnership between the foundation, ten federal agencies, and more than two hundred and seventy nongovernmental organizations. PCA provides a framework and strategy for linking resources and expertise in developing a coordinated national approach to the conservation of native plants. The NPCI program funds multi-stakeholder projects that focus on the conservation of native plants and pollinators under any of the following six focal areas: conservation, education, restoration, research, sustainability, and...
  5. NEEF Every Day 2012 Grants

    Deadline: May 25, 2012 Our nation’s public lands need our support every day. With stretched budgets and limited staff, land managers at federal, state and local public lands need all the help they can get. That help often comes from nonprofit organizations whose missions are focused on serving public land sites in the nation and the improvement and responsible use of those sites. Sometimes these organizations are called Friends Groups, sometimes Cooperating Associations, sometimes, simply a partner. They are invaluable in supporting, promoting and helping maintain public lands. These volunteer organizations, while dedicated and passionate, are often underfunded and understaffed....
  6. AmeriCorps Video and Photo Contest

    Deadline: July 1, 2012   Create a 60 second video or submit a photo that tells a compelling, influential story about how AmeriCorps works and the effect AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps projects have on local communities and the nation.   The theme of the 2012 AmeriCorps video and photo contests is “AmeriCorps Works.” This theme communicates the value and effectiveness of AmeriCorps while providing flexibility to be used in many different contexts. It provides an overarching framework to communicate AmeriCorps triple bottom line return on investment — for the recipients of service, the people who serve, and the larger community...
  7. Pulling Together Initiative Grants

    Deadline: May 18, 2012 Administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Pulling Together Initiative provides funding for programs designed to help control invasive plant species, mostly through the work of public/private partnerships such as cooperative weed management projects. PTI grants provide an opportunity to initiate working partnerships and demonstrate successful collaborative efforts such as the development of permanent funding sources for weed management areas. To be competitive, a project must prevent, manage, or eradicate invasive and noxious plants through a coordinated program of public/private partnerships and increase public awareness of the adverse impacts of invasive and noxious plants....
  8. CSPF Competitive Grant Program

    The next deadline for California State Parks Foundation’s Competitive Grant Program is May 24th. These are grants (usually ranging from $200-$6,000) that are awarded to groups to benefit California’s state park system. In general (and as funds permit), CSPF grants will be targeted in four main areas: Volunteer Efforts and Recognition; Education and Interpretation; Natural and Cultural Resource Protection; and Capacity Building for cooperating associations. CSPF also makes a number of discretionary grants each year that may fall outside the main target areas. Qualified non-profit groups are encouraged to apply. For more information on this grant program, and to access...
  9. Western Growers Foundation School Garden Grants

    The Western Growers Foundation, a trade association of Arizona and California farmers who grow, pack, and ship almost half of the produce found in grocery stores across America, is offering grants of up to $1,500 for California and Arizona schools to educate students about nutrition and nature by creating their own school garden. Fruit tree plantings are eligible to receive these funds. For more information on the grant and the application, visit the Western Growers Foundation website.
  10. Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! Nominated for a $10,000 Grant from Odwalla’s Plant a Tree Program

    Growing a little goodness was never so easy.  This Earth Month, Brentwood Academy and East Palo Alto residents can help turn over a new leaf for a local environmental project with the simple click of a mouse.  Through its 2012 Plant a Tree program, Odwalla is donating $10,000 to worthy organizations, and California ReLeaf and Canopy’s Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids project is in the running for one of the grants. 2012 marks the fifth consecutive year Odwalla has made tree donations based on votes made by fans on the Plant a Tree program website.  Over the past four years, the...