ReLeaf Grants

ReLeaf Grants


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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New Request for Proposals for the 2019 Social Equity Grant Program

The 2019 Social Equity Forest Improvement Grant Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which received money in the 2017-18 State Budget from the California Climate Investments Program to support projects that combat climate change. All funded projects must reduce greenhouse gasses. While significant focus will be on supporting projects located in disadvantaged and low-income communities, 25% of the funds will be open to state-wide competition in all communities. Emphasis will be placed on shovel-ready projects.

2019 Social Equity Forest Improvement Grant Proposals are due by Friday, November 30, 2018.

Application Materials:

  1. Informational Overview in English and Spanish
  2. Guidelines
  3. Application
  4. Budget Form
  5. GHG Reductions Worksheet
  6. Guide for Tree Planting in the 21st Century
  7. Excel Sheets for California State Facilities for Non-DAC and DAC
  8. Green Jobs Flyer
  9. Map of State Facilities to Consider for Tree Planting Projects


Los Angeles Workshop: Liberty Hill and OurParks will host a workshop on October 17, 2018 at 9:00am: Agenda and RSVP Information.
CANCELED- Yuba City Workshop: We will host a workshop on October 18, 2018 at 1:00pm: Agenda and RSVP Information.
Oakland Workshop: The Greenlining Institute will host a workshop on October 22, 2018 at 9:30am: Agenda and RSVP Information.

If you missed our webinar, listen to our recording here:

California Arbor Week Grant – The Celebration Continues!

California ReLeaf is pleased to continue celebrating California Arbor Week by helping local groups plant and maintain trees in their communities. There is $20,000 available for this second cycle of pass-through grants. This program is brought to you thanks to the support of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the USDA Forest Service. Application details:

  • Must be an Urban Forest nonprofit or Community Based organization
  • All projects must be located in a PG&E service area
  • Stipends range from $1k to $2k
  • Application is due on October 15, 2018

Here are the Grant Announcement and Application Form.