1. Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program Releases Updated Draft Guidelines

    The Strategic Growth Council has released draft guidelines for the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program, which offers grants to cities, counties, and designated regional agencies to promote sustainable community planning and natural resource conservation. This draft includes substantial changes to how applications are assessed.   Below is a summary of the proposed changes. For more details on these explanations, please see the Workshop Draft.   Strongly prioritize greenhouse gas emission reduction projects. Measure progress with actionable and valuable indicators based on reliable quantifiable or qualitative data. Prioritize project implementation by focusing on projects likely to be implemented in...
  2. A Higher Purpose

      A tree can be many things: an air filter, a playground, a shade structure, a landmark. One of the highest purposes a tree can serve, though, is as a memorial.   Recently, through support from California ReLeaf, the Incredible Edible Community Garden (IECG) was able to plant 50 trees with such a purpose.   On March 23, trees were planted at the California State San Bernardino Veteran Success Center to honor and memorialize veterans past, present, and future. The Veteran Success Center provides programs and services that are unique to the needs of service members, including a room where...
  3. California City Receives National Grant Funds

    Bank of America Partners With American Forests: $250,000 Grant to Fund Assessment of Urban Forests and Climate Change in Five U.S. Cities   Washington, D.C.; May 1, 2013 — National conservation organization American Forests announced today that it has received a $250,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to conduct urban forest assessments in five U.S. cities over the next six months. The selected cities are Asbury Park, N.J.; Atlanta, Ga.; Detroit, Mich.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Pasadena, Calif.   It is estimated that urban trees in the lower 48 states remove approximately 784,000 tons of air pollution annually,...
  4. Inspiring Environmental Educator

    When California ReLeaf was awarded funding through the EPA’s Environmental Education Sub-Grant Program, the organization started looking for an environmental educator to work with us to develop grant guidelines and review grants proposals. ReLeaf was lucky enough to find Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro.   Since beginning its work with Rue last year, California ReLeaf has awarded grants to 25 nonprofit and community tree-planting groups throughout the state. Another nearly $40,000 is currently available to fund projects that create opportunities for environmental education through tree planting and tree care.   Rue Mapp has been a wonderful adviser to California...
  5. Urban Forestry Grants Awarded

    California ReLeaf announced today that 25 community groups across the state will receive a total of nearly $200,000 in funding for tree care and tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2012 Urban Forestry and Education Grant Program.  Individual grants range from $2,700 to $10,000.   The grant recipients are engaging in a variety of tree planting and tree maintenance projects that will enhance urban forests in both highly utilized and severely under-served communities throughout the state.  Each project also contains a significant environmental education component that will increase the visibility of how these projects are critical elements to supporting clean air,...
  6. Vote for Us to Receive a Grant from Chase!

    We’re competing with charities nationwide for grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 from the Chase Community Giving program. You can help ensure our success by simply voting for California ReLeaf through the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook.   Through the utilization of social media networks, the Chase Community Giving program has already directed more than $20 million dollars toward charities nationwide, putting the power to bring positive change across the nation into the hands of those who need it most. Due to enthusiasm, the program is being continued this year, giving hundreds of additional charities, including ours the opportunity...
  7. 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...
  8. The Importance of Young Tree Care

    In 1995, California ReLeaf granted funds to Patrick’s Point Garden Club to plant 25 flowering cherry trees in Trinidad. Today, those trees have reached maturity thanks to the care and stewardship of the club. The care and maintenance of those trees is now being turned over to the City of Trinidad. To read more about these trees and the measures taken to make sure they thrived, read an article in the Times-Standard.   Young tree care is an important, especially in an urban setting. Proper care and pruning of young trees helps to ensure structurally sound growth and overall health....
  9. US Forest Service Chief Visits Urban Releaf

    Date: Monday, August 20, 2012, 10:30am – 12:00pm Location: 3268 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, California Hosted by: Urban Releaf Contact: Joann Do, (510) 552-5369 cell, info@urbanreleaf.org   US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell will be visiting Oakland on Monday,August 20, 2012 to view Urban Releaf’s greening and community building efforts.   Chief Tidwell will be awarding Urban Releaf with a $181,000 check of USDA Urban Community and Forestry funds to support our Green Street Research, Demonstration and Education Project as well as tree planting and maintenance throughout the city of Oakland.   Speakers for the ceremony include US Forest Service...
  10. 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...