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.
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