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Green Infrastructure Grants Available for Small Communities


Green infrastructure grants available for small communities

Jun 1, 2017 | News and Announcements

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) is pleased to announce the request for proposals (RFP) for the Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program. The Mini-Grant Program will provide funding to help small and medium sized communities improve water quality, manage stormwater, and enhance community well-being. Grants of up to $20,000 USD will support green infrastructure (GI) implementation in U.S. or Canadian municipalities with fewer than 500,000 people. Eligible projects include GI pilot installations, removing institutional or policy barriers, educational programming, developing partnerships with other agencies, or community GI planning efforts. Applicants are restricted to municipal government agencies, regional authorities, or registered nonprofit organizations serving eligible communities.

Mini-grant recipients will join the Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Champions Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Network and be paired with a mentor who has successfully implemented GI in their community. Both the mini-grant program and mentoring network are part of the Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Champions Pilot Program, led by the GLC with support from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. The goal of this program is to catalyze the adoption of GI practices and policies across the Great Lakes basin by providing mid-sized municipalities with resources they frequently lack.

For more information about the RFP and Mentorship Network, please go to our website. The Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Champions Pilot Program will also hold webinars to discuss the RFP and Mentorship Network on June 13, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and July 10, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (register for these webinars here). The deadline to submit proposals is July 31, 2017.

Tree Planting Grants Available for Michigan


Contact Information:  

Jennifer Hunnell, Program Coordinator

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813

Phone: 517-543-1512 x 5


Website:                  Sent:  3-3-17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 3-6-17


Tree Planting Grants Now Available to Michigan Communities

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is currently offering local units of government, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments the opportunity to apply for a Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant.

 This program was previously known as the Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting Grant. In 2017, the Go Green Youth Challenge was replaced by our Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. Our dedication to tree planting and educating about all the wonderful benefits trees give us has not changed and so it was decided to maintain the grant program under a new name.

Grant applicants may request up to $2,000 to fund tree planting projects in their community.  Grant funds may only be used to purchase trees.  Applicants must show evidence of a 1:1 match for anticipated money.  This is a statewide grant opportunity for Michigan projects only.

 Grant applications are available on the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s website.  Please visit to download an application.  Applications are due by mail no later than April 28th, 2017. Funded plantings must be completed by December 31st, 2017.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance would like to thank our program sponsors for helping make these programs possible: ITC, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lansing Board of Water and Light, Eaton Conservation District, and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.


The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being.  Since 1993, MADA has provided educational programs and services to Michigan communities.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI and is made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

DNR Announces 2017 Community Forestry Grants

Up to $90,000 available for forestry projects statewide

Contact: Kevin Sayers, 517-284-5898
Agency: Natural Resources

Aug. 9, 2016

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the availability of grant applications for the 2016-17 DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program. The grants are funded through the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Program.

Local units of government, nonprofit organizations, schools and tribal governments are eligible and encouraged to apply for the grants, which can be used for a variety of projects including:

  • Urban forest management and planning activities.
  • Tree planting on public property.
  • Urban forestry and arborist training and education events and materials.
  • Arbor Day celebrations and materials.

“Assistance provided through this grant program will help communities and partners interested in creating and supporting long-term and sustained urban and community forestry projects and programs at the local level,” said Kevin Sayers, Urban and Community Forestry Program coordinator.

Grant applications must be postmarked by Sept. 16, 2016. Projects awarded funding must be completed by Sept. 1, 2017. All projects must be performed on public land or land that is open to the public.

A total of up to $90,000 is available for projects statewide. Depending on the project type, applicants may request grants up to $20,000. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds, which can be cash contributions or in-kind services but cannot include federal funds.

For a grant application or more information, visit the DNR website at, contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898 or, or write to DNR Forest Resources Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

Tree Planting Grants Available from DNR/DTE

Everyone likes to plant trees. Trees are great. They provide shade to buildings which reduces energy usage and cools our cities, provide homes and food to animals, and clean our air and water. Trees can even make us happier. The question that comes with tree planting, however, is how to pay for them? Contrary to the old saying, money in fact doesn’t grow on trees.

Yet with this question comes several organizations, agencies, and corporations willing to help solve the issue. Right now applications are being accepted for tree planting grants by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Through a partnership with DTE Energy, they are offering up to $3,000 to fund tree planting projects across the state. Eligible applicants must be within DTE’s service territory.

The press release below has more detailed information about this grant program. The deadline for applicants is June 10, 2016.


April 27, 2016

Contact: Kevin Sayers, 517-284-5898 (DNR) or Randi Berris, 313-235-5555 (DTE Energy)

DTE Energy Foundation and DNR partner to offer annual community tree-planting grants

$75,000 available in matching grants up to $3,000 each

DTE Energy Foundation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are partnering once again to fund tree-planting projects across Michigan. A total of $75,000 is available in matching grants of up to $3,000 each, to be awarded on a competitive basis. The 2016 DTE Tree Planting grant application period opened Monday, April 25, in honor of Arbor Day, which this year is observed Friday, April 29.

This marks the 19th year of the DTE Energy Foundation partnership with the DNR, which has resulted in nearly 40,000 trees and seedlings being planted in 490 Michigan communities. The program, paid for by the foundation, is administered by the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry program.

“Launching DTE’s annual tree-planting initiative during Arbor Week provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about trees and the environment,” said Faye Nelson, vice president, public affairs, DTE Energy and president, DTE Energy Foundation. “DTE has a long history of environmental stewardship and helping to ensure that the communities we serve are healthy and vibrant.”

Eligible applicants include local units of government, nonprofit organizations, tribes and schools and must be located within the service territory of DTE Energy. Tree-planting projects must occur on public property such as parks, street rights-of-way and school grounds. All grants require a 1-to-1 match, which can be made up of cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal funds.

Grant applications must be postmarked by Friday, June 10, 2016, at the address below. Award announcements are anticipated in August for projects that must be completed by May 31, 2017.

For more information, or to get a grant application, visit the DNR’s Urban Community Forestry website at, or contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898, via email at or by mail at P.O. Box 30452 Lansing, MI 48909.

Funding for Field Trips to Forests

Field trips can be a great way to get students out into real-world situations. They reinforce classroom lessons and help visual learners better understand complex topics. Science is a subject that benefits greatly from field trips.

The idea of forests as classrooms shouldn’t come as a surprise, but how to get your classrooms to the forest? Field trips cost money and money is something all teachers struggle with.

Enter the Wheels to Woods! Fund. This Fund helps K-12 schools pay for transportation costs for an educational field trip to a nearby forest. Funds are not competitive – funding will be awarded if available and if the field trip provides outdoor education in a forest. Any public or private K-12 school is eligible to apply. Other groups for young people (i.e. Girl/Boy Scouts, FFA, 4-H, etc.) are also eligible to apply, but are a secondary priority to K-12 schools.

The Wheels to Woods! Fund will reimburse actual transportation costs up to $350 per bus with a max. award of $1,000 per school or group per academic year. In addition, the Michigan Tree Farm Committee, partners in this program, will help connect schools with local forest landowners who enjoy hosting field trips or suitably nearby public lands if the school does not own forest land themselves.

For more information about this program and how to apply, visit the American Tree Farm System resource documents page ( Look for the Wheels to Woods Program Application under “Miscellaneous.” There is also a link to the PDF in the image below.


Captain Planet Offers Grants for Schools


The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.

The Foundation’s Small Grant program offers funding for innovative programs that inspire youth to participate in community service through environmental activities. Public schools and most nonprofits are eligible to apply for grants of $500-$2,500. The first deadline is January 31, 2016. That is around the corner, but there is a second funding cycle next year and that deadline is September 30, so if you miss this first one you will have another opportunity.

Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation and MUST have all 3 of the following to be considered for funding:

  • Be project-based;
  • Projects must be performed by youth; and
  • Projects must have real environmental outcomes.

Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:

  • Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
  • Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
  • Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

For more details about this grant program and how to apply, visit their website.

Environmental Journalism Grant Opportunity!

The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism has announced an exciting opportunity for Michigan high school students. In order to encourage collaboration between journalism and environmental science classes, they are inviting teachers to submit proposals for class projects in which journalism students will report about field research conducted by themselves or separately by environmental science students.

The principal goals are to:

  • help young prospective journalists better understand and explain to the public how science is done.
  • help environmental science students learn to use the media to explain their work to the public.
  • promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning, environmental awareness and communication skills among high school students.

The Knight Center, a program through Michigan State University, intends to award 1-year grants of $2,000 each to up to 3 high schools: $1,000 to the journalism program and $1,000 to the environmental science program for equipment, software or scholarships. There is a possibility of renewal for 1 or 2 more years. In addition, the Knight Center will pair each school with a professional journalist to mentor participating students and teachers.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2015. Awards will be announced by January 15, 2016. Projects should begin in February 2016 and be completed with a final report by the end of December 2016.

Application Details:

  • Your proposal must include a project description (750 words max.); the names and contact information for a partnering journalism teacher and an environmental science teacher from the same high school; grade levels of participating classes; and the estimated number of students in the participating classes.
  • Your projects must generate student-produced news or feature stories with visuals (photos and/or graphics) for print, online, audio, and/or video that your school will disseminate on its own website and through other means, such as student newspapers and broadcast stations. The Knight Center will also disseminate these stories to the public through their website. Some student stories and visual material may be posted on Great Lakes Echo (, the center’s award-winning online regional environmental news service.
  • Grantees must comply with MSU financial reporting procedures.

Please include this information at the top of your project narrative:

  • School name and address
  • Name of journalism teacher & contact information
  • Name of environmental science teacher & contact information
  • Title(s) and grade level(s) of participating journalism class(es), plus number of students
  • Title(s) and grade level(s) of participating environmental science class(es), plus number of students
  • Types of student media at your high school

If you have any questions, you can email Eric Freedman, Knight Center Director at

Email your proposal to Barb Miller, Knight Center Administrative Assistant at