ReLeaf Grants

ReLeaf Grants

Social Equity Grant Program – CLOSED

California Arbor Week Grant – Now Open!


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* Cycle 3 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 there is a focus on supporting projects located in disadvantaged and low-income communities, 65% 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 Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Application Materials:

  1. Informational Overview in English and Spanish
  2. Guidelines
  3. Application PDF and Google Form (Submit Online)
  4. CalEnviroScreen 3.0
  5. Budget Form
  6. Permission to Plant, Maintenance, & Certified Arborist
  7. GHG Reductions Worksheet
  8. Guide for Tree Planting in the 21st Century
  9. Excel Sheets for California State Facilities for Non-DAC and DAC
  10. Green Jobs Flyer

Technical Assistance Workshops and Webinar:

We will host In-Person Technical Assistance Grant Workshops, dates and locations are TBD.

The webinar posted below was conducted on September 2018 for Cycle I of this grant program. All of the information presented except workshop dates and funding levels is pertinent to Cycle 3.

2020 California Arbor Week Grant – Now Open

California ReLeaf is pleased to announce $40,000 in statewide pass-through funding for the 2020 California Arbor Week to celebrate the value of trees for all Californians. This program is brought to you thanks to the partnership of Edison International and the support of the USDA Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

To be eligible, proposed grant projects must be located within the Edison International service area. Click here to see Edison service area in California. Grant stipend awards range from $1,000 to $2,000. Applications are due by Monday, February 17, 2020.

For more information about grant eligibility, please see grant materials below.

Application Materials:
  1. Program Announcement
  2. Arbor Week Grant Application – EASY Google Form Application
  3. Sample Volunteer and Photo Waiver

Arbor Week Grant Workshops (Saturady, Feb. 8, 2020):

Exact locations will be announced soon – stay tuned.

  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM in Yucca Valley, CA
  • 2:00 – 4:00 PM in Highlands, CA
Please RSVP for workshops by Feb. 3, 2020 to Tony C. Cifuentes at or by phone 909.496.0710 or Mariela Ruacho at