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 Parks Mini Grants
Time: Apply any-time; applications received by Aug 15 for fall tree planting, Feb 15 for Spring.
Amount: Up to $1000 or 15 trees
The Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project currently offers grants to support neighborhood tree projects. Availability depends on funding, but such projects may include tree walks, volunteer tree plantings, greening events, or any tree-related project improving, highlighting, or celebrating trees in your community.
PLANTING FOR OUR FUTURE MINI GRANTS
Time: Apply any-time; Fall and Spring Plantings
Amount: Up to $500 or 15 trees
Any Grand Rapids Public School Teacher or Administrator, or collaborating GRPS/parent teams are eligible for funding to host a spring or fall planting or school forestry project. Ideal projects and events will have meaningful student learning opportunities and involve parents and local residents in expanding, protecting, or enhancing our City's Urban Forest. Find out more by reading our seedlings blog!
Past Mini-grant Recipients
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 $3,000
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
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.