A tree grant is available from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for tree plantings on and around school property. The Leaf-It-To-Us grant is designed to assist children in becoming motivated to care for and improve their educational environment.
The application website and some application highlights for this grant are listed below. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection at the telephone number or e-mail address listed below.
The grant is for non-profit groups and organizations, however, groups that do not have non-profit status may partner with a non-profit organization to act as fiscal sponsor. Long Beach Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that assists LBUSD schools in applying for grants. Interested groups can contact Judy Seal at (562) 997-8054.
Funds are distributed in the form of reimbursement grants. The grant will provide 65% of the total project cost, and the 35% matching requirement can be all volunteer hours.
The postmark deadline for the application is January 12, 2008.
Please note the following for your proposed school tree planting project:
Proposed tree planting projects on school property must be approved by the Long Beach Unified School District. A one-page project overview with the school and the location will be required. Contact Ron Hoppe, Maintenance Director at (562) 997-7504 to get started.
Contact the Neighborhood Resource Center for a copy of our brochure "Guidelines for Tree Planting Projects" to assist you with preparing your proposal, or see a copy online at: http://www.longbeach.gov/cd/neighborhood_services/grants/tree_grants.asp
The Neighborhood Resource Center has community computers and grant technical assistance available to help neighborhood groups apply for this and other grants. Please call ahead to reserve time to use the equipment and/or to request technical support by calling (562) 570-1010.
Thanks to Abigail Srader and John Melvin of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection assisting us with this grant opportunity!
Grant Opportunity Announcement from Neighborhood Resource Center
Grant Offered by:
State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Urban Forestry Program
The mission of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Urban Forestry Program is to develop a regional and statewide cooperative effort to advance the development of sustainable urban and community forests. This mission is accomplished in cooperation with Urban Forestry Ecosystem Institute address the increasing need for improved management of the urban forests in California.
Grant Name: Leaf-It-To-Us
Leaf-It-To-Us is designed to assist children in becoming motivated to care for and improve their educational environment. The purpose of the program is to distribute funds for community school tree-planting projects involving school children. The program seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of urban and community forests.
This program is intended to accomplish the proper selection and planting of large-crowning, environmentally tolerant, high-quality trees in appropriate places on school grounds. These trees will provide shelter from the sun and other environmental benefits. By focusing on our youth to make a difference in their educational environment, the program seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of urban and community forests.
These funds target Kindergarten through 12th grade school programs.
Tree-planting projects are to be modest in their design. Organizing the planting of a hundred trees with student and volunteer labor requires planning. A modest proposal will allow the children to focus attention on a quality-planting project and ensure that the trees they plant will thrive.
Grant Amount: $500- $7,500
Population served: These funds target Kindergarten through 12th grade school programs.
Kindergarten through 12th grade school programs. Public schools and school districts. Private nonprofit schools. Local nonprofit groups shall be in collaboration with an eligible school educational program, and have 501(c)(3) non-profit status, or they may partner with a non-profit organization to act as fiscal sponsor.
Student tree-planting projects with adult supervision. Appropriate sites including campus streets, walkways, parking lots, on-campus open space, strategic locations to shade classrooms, educational arboretums, and playgrounds.
Planting large-crowning, locally suited, high-quality trees to provide shade and other environmental benefits. (Large-crowing trees are defined as those with a minimum mature height of 30 feet with a proportional crown spread).
Special Grant Instructions:
Funds are distributed in the form of reimbursement grants.
The state will provide 65% of the total project cost.
Anticipated award notification on February 15, 2008. Grant agreements are expected to be awarded by March 31, 2008.
Projects must be completed by April 15, 2010.
Applying for the Grant
Download the application from the website, complete as instructed and submit by mail only. No faxed or emailed applications are accepted.
Deadline: Proposals must be postmarked by January 12, 2008
Mail applications to:
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Glenn Flamik, Urban Forestry
Post Office Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460
Name: Abigail Srader
Telephone No.: (909) 553-8057
Special Instructions / Additional contact person if Abigail is unavailable: