Thursday, June 29, 2017

Apply Now For DCNR TreeVitalize Tree Planting Grants

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and TreePennsylvania Wednesday announced it is now accepting applications for TreeVitalize Tree Planting Grants.  The deadline for applications is August 15.
"Launched on Arbor Day 2004 in Philadelphia, TreeVitalize efforts already have planted more than 350,000 shade trees in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other cities and communities," Dunn said. "With today's announcement of grant opportunities, those benefits will be extended across the state and residents hopefully will enjoy them in every county."
This year applications will be considered in three funding categories: tree planting, urban riparian buffers or community forestry management.
One applicant can seek grants in all three categories, however only one can be approved during each grant term.
Secretary Dunn noted a House Republican budget passed in April could have possible negative effects on future DCNR funding of TreeVitalize and other grant-based department programs.
TreePennsylvania, formerly Pennsylvania Urban & Community Forestry Council, administers the statewide TreeVitalize grant program. Funding is provided to communities to promote and develop sustainable urban forestry programs within Pennsylvania.
Funded through DCNR's Bureau of Forestry grants and municipal, private agency and company involvement, and overseen by the Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council, TreeVitalize is dependent on community support to increase tree canopies across the state, and educate and engage citizens in the care and selection of these new trees.
Tree Pennsylvania is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing the growing forests throughout Pennsylvania's urban landscape.
For all the details, visit the PA Urban & Community Forestry Council TreeVitalize Tree Planting Grants webpage. Applications must be submitted via email to DCNR’s Development and Grants Coordinator Jessica Cavey at:
To learn more about tree planting opportunities, training and initiatives, visit the PA Urban & Community Forestry Council website.
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