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Environmental Education and Conservation Fund: ReLeaf Tree Planting

Grants to Mendocino County, California Nonprofits, School Districts,
and Local Agencies for Planting and Replanting Trees

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (CFMC) - Field-of-Interest Funds

Deadline Date:

01/31/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Mendocino County, California nonprofit organizations, school districts, and local agencies to benefit the public by planting or replanting trees in the area. Funding is intended for the purchase of trees and for materials that support tree plantation, such as soil, watering systems, stakes, etc.

Recipients of tree planting grants must adhere to the Mendocino County ReLeaf tree planting guidelines below:
- Planting must be for public benefit.
- Funds may be used for trees and materials necessary for planting (stakes, etc.).
- Applicants should choose species that do well in the area, with preference given to native species; where suitable, plant fruit and nut trees (see the Mendocino County ReLeaf list of recommended trees). Trees can also be chosen from the City of Ukiah's master tree lists. The list of selected trees and their planting schedule should be provided along with the application.
- Applicants should follow the "Tree Care Guide" on how to select the right location, planting, watering, and mulching the trees.
- Applicants should specify the watering system they intend to use to water the planted trees. Preference is given to drip irrigation systems that can be expanded as the trees grow.
- Applicants must provide a 5-year management plan, outlining quarterly activities, such as watering, mulching, and pruning. For pruning, applicants should follow the “How to Prune Young Shade Trees” guidelines. Trees should be fertilized annually before winter rains with a layer of compost or leaf mulch/wood chips.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184731

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant range: $1,000 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

Projects and/or activities supported by a Field-of-Interest grant should be concluded by April 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In 2019, the Community Foundation seeks proposals from organizations, school districts, and local agencies seeking to plant trees in Mendocino County.

Field of Interest Grant Eligibility:
To apply, organizations may not have an open Field-of-Interest grant and all previous reporting must be successfully completed. In addition, applicant organizations must:
- Serve residents of Mendocino County. Applicants not headquartered in Mendocino County must ensure that all grant dollars requested are spent within the County;
- Be legally chartered in California and in possession of determination letter from the IRS declaring the organization a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3); or be a school district, tribe, or special district (e.g. community services, recreation, fire protection); or have an aligned mission with a fiscal sponsor;
- Have two years of operational history;
- Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.

Applicants may not use grants for:
- Political contributions or to support political campaigns or lobbying;
- Influencing the outcome of or participate in any public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive;
- Purposes other than those which are religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational within the meaning of Section 170 (c)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Purposes other than those stated in the grant award.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due online by January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Applicants must provide a 5-year management plan, outlining quarterly activities, such as watering, mulching, and pruning.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least 5 days in advance of the deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen Internet connectivity issues. Applicants can access a list of questions and the budget form, and are encouraged to complete them in advance to facilitate the online application process.

Grants recipients will be notified of award by April 5, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Please apply online:

Please email your questions to:
Michelle Rich, Director of Grants and Programs
Or call: 707-468-9882

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Mendocino County