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In-Kind Support to South Carolina Nonprofits,
Agencies, and Groups to Plant Trees in Public Areas

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In-kind support to South Carolina government agencies, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, beautification groups, and litter control organizations to plant trees in public spaces. This program provides a non-monetary award of trees to be used in beautification projects throughout the state.

The recipient of this grant must plant the donated trees on public spaces (i.e. town/neighborhood entryways, parks, schools, churches) accessible to all citizens. All trees are in 5 gallon nursery pots, 3-6 feet in height and 1 to 1 ½ inch in diameter.

Tree Installation Specifications:
-Planting should be done during the dormant season – after leaf drop in the fall until bud break in spring – unless planting palmetto trees or special precautions are taken to ensure tree survival.
-Plants shall be protected at all times (storage, transport and delivery) from sun and drying winds.
-The minimum planting area for small maturing trees shall have at least 50 sq. ft. of rooting space.
-The minimum planting area for medium maturing trees shall have at least 100 sq. ft. of rooting space.
-The minimum planting area for large maturing trees shall have at least 200 sq. ft. of rooting space.
-Planting islands should provide at least 400 sq. ft. of rooting area for any sized tree.
-The “planting area” comprises the root ball, hole, backfill and outside rim of the berm (if applicable).
-The planting hole shall be dug as deep as the trunk/root flare and at least twice as wide. In clay or compacted soils, the planting hole should be at least three times as wide as the root ball.
-The tree shall be placed in the hole at the level of the trunk/root flare or slightly higher.
-If watering with a bucket or Treegator, a berm or basin shall be constructed around the outside edge of the back-filled area to hold water.
-Pruning at the time of planting shall be limited to broken or rubbing branches.
-Fertilizer will not be used at planting time.
-Tree wrap shall not remain on the trunks after planting.
-Ropes and straps or containers shall be removed. If planting a balled and burlapped tree, the upper 1/3 of the wire basket and burlap wrapping shall be cut and removed. If synthetic or treated burlap is used, it shall be completely removed from the root ball at time of planting.
-Trees shall be watered sufficiently at the time of planting to settle the soil and thoroughly wet the root ball and planting area.
-A two to four-inch layer of organic mulch shall be placed over the planting area from the outside of the berm to just outside of the base of the trunk. Do not place mulch against the trunk.
-Staking and guying shall only be used where support is necessary. Ties shall be made of a broad, soft strapping material. Staking shall allow for movement of the trunk. All stakes and guys shall be removed from the tree after one year from the date of installation.

Beautification projects must be maintained by a local governmental entity, established business, or volunteer organization. Recipients must submit a letter of commitment from the entity providing long-term maintenance.

About the Great American Cleanup of South Carolina:

The Great American Cleanup (GAC) of South Carolina is an annual statewide cleanup initiative that runs March 1 through May 31.

Sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB), the GAC is the nation’s largest cleanup event. According to a 2005 KAB survey, 92% of GAC organizers said their communities, neighborhoods and residents felt safer after volunteers united to clean and beautify the local environment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161832

Term of Contract:

The PalmettoPride Tree grants will be awarded for one year. The grant period will begin on October 1, and end on September 30. This grant is provided with the understanding that the program will be operated as projected.

Additionally, grantees must participate in the Great American Cleanup initiative that runs March 1 through May 31.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Litter control organizations, beautification groups, government organizations, neighborhood associations and nonprofit organizations in South Carolina are eligible to apply for these trees.

Pre-Application Information:

Tree Grant Timeline:
-Application Open: August 1
-Submission Deadline: September 15
-Award Announced: October 1
-Tree Awards Pickup: TBD

Tree Grant recipients must also participate in the Great American Cleanup. The attached supply request form must be filled out and returned by January 15 in order to receive donated supplies.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Sherryl Jenkins, Grant Coordinator
(803) 758-6034

P.O. Box 50217
Columbia, SC 29250

Toll-free: (877) PAL-PRDE (725-7733)
LitterBusters Hotline: 1-877-7LITTER
Fax: (803) 758-6032

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina