Funding Opportunities

Seed money to help our urban forest grow.

The following is a list of financial resources to help kick-start an urban forest project in your community. If you would like help applying for any of these grants, feel free to contact us.

Friends of Grand Rapids Park Grants
Time: Revolving
Amount: Up to $1000 or 15 trees
The Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project currently offers grants, in both funding and trees, to support neighborhood tree projects. Availability depends on funding, but such projects may include tree mapping parties, tree walks, or volunteer tree plantings.

Living Green in Creston – $500 was awarded in 2012 to aid in the maintenance of Creston's fruit tree orchards.
Heart of West Michigan United Way – $600 was awarded in 2013 for the promotion and support of the Reforest Riverside Arbor Day Planting.
Girl Scouts Shore to Shore – 6 trees were provided in 2013 for a tree planting demonstration and restoration project at Blandford Nature Center.
Garfield Park Neighbors – 15 trees were provided in 2013 to restore lost canopy following utility line maintenance in Burton Woods.
DA Blodgett / St. Johns – 20 trees were provided in 2012 for grounds improvement and canopy replacement following the loss of Ash and Austrian pine trees at DA Blodgett/St. Johns.
Site:Lab – 10 trees were provided for an out-door installation/demonstration of green space at the 2012 Art Prize Site:Lab installation.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Time: Available July/August
Amount: Up to $20,000
The State of Michigan offers yearly funding opportunities to governments, schools, nonprofits, and volunteer groups to promote urban and community forestry activities such as tree inventories, management plans, planting, and other maintenance activities.

DTE Energy Foundation Tree Planting Grants
Time: Available November/December
Amount: Up to $30,000
Because trees can significantly help reduce energy usage, the DTE Energy Foundation offers small grants to help plant trees on public land in neighborhoods serviced by DTE Energy or MichCon. Local units of government, schools, or nonprofits are welcome to apply.

Time: Awards made in October
Amount: $500
NeighborWoods™ Month is a national celebration of urban and community forests and trees. The Alliance for Community Trees offers small grants to local organizations to help promote NeighborWoods™ events and publicize the value and importance of trees in your community.