Local, state, county governments and service organizations with 501(c)3 status are eligible to apply for the Trees For Kids/Trees for Teens landscape tree planting grant for fall tree planting. Trees for Kids and Trees for Teens are tree education and planting programs targeted to Iowa's elementary and secondary school students.
The goal of this program is to educate students about the value of trees and to encourage tree planting projects at schools and other public areas around the state. Applications for the Trees for Kids and Trees for Teens program must be completed and postmarked by September 14, 2010 in order to be eligible for review.
Trees for Kids/Trees for Teens is a competitive grant that awards between $1,000 and $5,000 to qualified tree planting projects on publicly owned property. Qualifying public planting areas include, but may not be limited to: street right-of-ways, parks, school grounds, courthouse lawns, public buildings, fairgrounds, cemeteries, libraries, and trails. Applicants must show an educational component of the planting as well. Grants applications are available semiannually, in the fall and spring. All trees must be planted by October 31, 2010.
This unique program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Bureau of Forestry, MidAmerican Energy, Black Hills Energy, Alliant Energy, Trees Forever, Iowa Tree Farm Committee, Iowa Woodland Owners Association, Iowa Bankers Association, and Iowa Landscape and Nursery Association.
This year the educational materials included are lesson plans, bulletin boards, learning centers, and resource lists. The units are linked to the Iowa Core Curriculum and the multiple intelligences. We are also hosting a poster contest and Reading Rangers. The winning posters will be dispersed throughout Iowa's state forests and parks.
Trees for Kids and Trees for Teens offers grant funding to plant trees every spring and fall. Schools are selected based on their grant application. More than 20 projects are funded each year. The educational materials as well as grant applications, poster contest information, and Reading Ranger forms can be found online at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Web site.