California ReLeaf unveiled its new grants program Friday, providing more than $250,000 to community-based groups and other organizations throughout California for urban forestry projects.
California ReLeaf’s 2012 Urban Forestry and Education Grants Program is funded through contracts with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire) and Region IX of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Eligible applicants include incorporated nonprofit organizations and unincorporated community-based groups, with a financial sponsor, located in California. Individual funding requests range from $1,000 to $10,000.
Applicants may submit one proposal that utilizes either tree planting or tree care projects as the foundation for increasing awareness and stewardship of urban forests among program participants. Grants will be used to cover a variety costs associated with carrying out these projects.
“ReLeaf is proud to design and administer a program that joins the need for increased environmental education about the value of our urban forests with the hand-on approach of enhancing or preserving these resources,” said Executive Director Joe Liszewski.