Arbor Week celebrations are wonderful community engagement and education events about the importance of trees in promoting community health and combating climate change.
This grant program encourages community-based organizations to plant trees to grow greener, stronger, and healthier neighborhoods, bringing many benefits, including cleaner air, cooler temperatures, and stronger social bonding.
If you are interested in receiving a grant to celebrate California Arbor Week, please review the criteria and details below. Applications are due December 8, 2023, at 12 p.m. PT. and must be submitted through our online application form.
Interested applicants are encouraged to watch the California Arbor Week Grant Informational Webinar Recording, which was held on November 15th.
2024 Utility Sponsor
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2024 Arbor Week Informational Webinar
- Grants will range from $3,000 – $5,000, estimating 8-10 grants awarded
- Project awards must be to organizations with projects within the service area of the sponsoring utility: Southern California Edison. (See map)
- Priority will be given to underserved or low-income communities, neighborhoods with fewer existing trees, as well as communities that have not had recent access to urban forestry funding.
- Community-based organizations who do tree planting, tree care education, or are interested in adding this to their projects/programs.
- Must be a 501(c)(3) or have/find a fiscal sponsor and be in good standing with the California Attorney General Office’s Registry of Charitable Organizations.
- Events/projects must occur within the service area of the sponsoring utility: Southern California Edison. (See map)
- Projects must be able to be completed by Friday, May 31, 2024.
- Project reports must be submitted by Friday, June 14, 2024.
- Planting shade trees and caring for trees in underserved low-shade communities.
- Projects that are community-oriented with a big-picture vision addressing local issues or needs through tree planting (climate resilience, pollution mitigation, food insecurity, extreme heat/urban heat island effect, youth educational training, etc.)
- Tree planting/care events(s) and/or community greening celebration(s) that have an educational component, including sharing about the benefits of trees and tree care (especially ongoing watering in the tree establishment period – the first 3 years after planting).
- Projects that engage multiple local partners, including but not limited to civic organizations, local businesses, health organizations, nonprofits, city officials, schools, students, elected officials, and organizational volunteers.
- Tree planting/care event(s) during California Arbor Week (March 7 -14) or other established community celebrations or gatherings.
- Sharing California ReLeaf’s Arbor Week Youth Poster Contest with your community/local schools/youth encouraging participation.
- Tree care post planting – including ongoing maintenance and watering beyond the grant period to ensure tree survival.
- Inviting Edison International representatives and corporate volunteers to your tree planting/care event(s) to participate and be recognized and thanked publicly.
- Inviting local media and elected officials to your event to share broadly how your tree planting project/ event(s) benefits the local community (i.e. climate action, community resilience, cooling neighborhoods, air pollution mitigation, food access, public health, etc.)
- Tree giveaways as the main component of the project.
- Planting trees in temporary planter boxes/pots. (All trees must be planted in the ground to be an eligible project.)
- Tree Planting/Care/Educational Event(s) outside the Edison service area.
- Planting tree seedlings. Trees are expected to be 5-gallon or 15-gallon container-sized for all tree planting projects.
SPONSOR ENGAGEMENT AND RECOGNITION
You are required to engage and recognize Edison International as your grant sponsor, including:
- Posting their logo on your website and promotional materials as a sponsor for your Arbor Week Grant event.
- Inviting Edison representatives and corporate volunteers to attend, participate, and be recognized and thanked publicly as your grant sponsor during your event/project.
- Tagging and recognizing Edison as a sponsor for your Arbor Week project on social media.
- Offering Edison Representatives time to speak briefly at your celebration event.
- Thanking Edison International during your celebration event.
- Grant Informational Webinar: Wednesday, November 15th, at 11 a.m. Watch the Webinar Recording.
- Grant Applications Due: December 8th, 12 p.m. and must be submitted through our online application form.
- Estimated Grant Award Notifications: January 10, 2024
- A representative from California ReLeaf will contact applicants via email. The formal public announcement will be on our website and social media in January.
- Anticipated Mandatory Grant Orientation for Awardees Webinar: January 17, 2024
- Project Completion Deadline: May 31, 2024.
- Final Report Due: June 15, 2024. Read Final Report Questions
- Awarded grantees will receive 50% of the grant award after completion of the grant agreement and orientation.
- The remaining 50% of the grant will be paid upon receipt and approval of your final report.
QUESTIONS? Contact Victoria Vasquez 916.497.0035; grantadmin[at]californiareleaf.org