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Free Trees for Fall Planting

In-Kind Grants of Trees to Nebraska Schools and
Nonprofits for Planting Projects that Benefit the Public

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

Deadline Date:

11/15/18 - Trees can be planted until this date.


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In-kind grants of trees to Nebraska nonprofit organizations, schools, and civic organizations for planting in public spaces during the Fall 2018 planting season. Trees must be planted in areas of civic importance and must include an outreach, media, or educational component to increase public awareness of the benefits of trees.

The purpose of Free Trees for Fall ReTree Planting, a collaborative effort of the Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, is to help enable the planting of trees during the fall of 2018 in conjunction with ReTree Nebraska Week and other planting events. ReTree Nebraska week is September 23-29, 2018, but trees can be planted any time between September 1st and November 15, 2018 (October 15 for Panhandle). The recipient’s event will be considered a ReTree Nebraska event.

Species may include the following: various oaks, sugar maple, Kentucky coffeetree, Northern pecan, hackberry, catalpa, sycamore, baldcypress, American linden, silver linden, black gum, black cherry, hybrid elm, and amur maackia.

The Free Trees for Fall Planting has several goals:
- Celebrate trees and promote the value of healthy trees for a healthy community.
- Prioritize tree planting in high impact areas, such as along streets and neighborhoods of highest need.
- Plant at least 300 high-quality trees in Nebraska communities in conjunction with tree-related educational events and community celebrations to promote trees and fall planting.
- Award tree advocates by giving priority to ReTree Nebraska ambassadors, Tree City USA tree boards, Tree Campus USA schools, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum curators, individuals volunteering/supporting community forestry programs and Project Learning Tree facilitators.
- Assist volunteers and non-profit partners such as business improvement districts, neighborhood associations, government agencies, and other public or private entities with tree planting in public spaces and areas of civic
- Promote the healthy establishment and ongoing care of newly-planted trees.
- Diversify the community forest by promoting a broader diversity of native and well-adapted non-native tree species recommended by ReTree Nebraska. A special emphasis will be placed on the planting of ReTree Nebraska’s 17 for 2017 underutilized trees species.
- Provide educational opportunities for people to learn more about trees and their proper selection, siting, planting and care.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162033

Estimated Size of Grant:

The program does not provide direct funding for trees to recipients but provides pre-selected trees to recipients. A maximum of 10 trees will be allowed for any single request. The minimum awarded will be one.

Term of Contract:

Projects should be implemented between September 1 and November 15, 2018 (October 15 for Panhandle) unless an extension has been requested and granted. If possible, projects should be implemented and/or promoted around ReTree week of September 23-29.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone is eligible to submit a request for trees. Priority will be given to high-impact projects, such as street trees and neighborhoods of higher need, and to applicants who are NCFC Members, ReTree Nebraska ambassadors, Tree City USA tree boards, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum curators, individuals volunteering/supporting community forestry programs and Project Learning Tree facilitators.

Schools, non-profit groups and civic organizations are encouraged to apply. Individuals must represent a group or organization.

All applicants must receive written permission from property owners/managers before planting.

Projects must be located in Nebraska and focused on a property of civic importance and that provides clear public benefit. Eligible planting sites include street right-of-way, parks, school grounds, college campuses, the grounds of civic buildings, recreation areas, common areas, and cemeteries. Trees can be planted in front and side yards of private property if they will help shade public streets and sidewalks. Grant applicants must represent a group or organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

All projects are required to contribute an in-kind match by including an outreach, educational and/or media component in the tree planting to increase public awareness of the benefits of trees and the need for diversity and proper tree care. A cash match may be required for trees planted on private property.

A map/image (such as Google map) showing the proposed planting should be submitted with the application. Include the email subject: ‘2018 Mini Grant – INSERT COMMUNITY’

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Contact Information:

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

All applications must be emailed to

Kendall Weyers
(402) 472-6693

Nebraska Forest Service
Forestry Hall
P.O. Box 830815
Lincoln, NE 68588-0815

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USA: Nebraska