Trees For Kids Grant Aplications Now Available

Written by Theresa Rose on January 7, 2015

Trees For Kids applications are available online for schools and communities to involve youth in planting trees on School grounds and other public property.

In 2014, Trees For Kids Grants were awarded to 40 schools and communities which planted more than 1,600 landscape trees, and involved over 5,200 youth.

Trees For Kids Grants pay up to $5,000 for landscape trees and mulch for schools and other public areas. Trees may be planted in either spring or fall. The deadline for submitting a spring application is March 2, 2015.

Each planting project is required to have an educational component with the youth, and Project Learning Tree training is also provided to educators to create lesson plans and utilize curriculum with the planted trees.

Trees planted around schools and in neighborhoods have been shown to give youth increased levels of concentration, lower levels of aggression, lower levels of obesity, and fewer symptoms of ADHD.

Communities are made more livable by having a healthy, diverse tree canopy.

The Trees for Kids and Trees for Teens grant program is funded by Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau, MidAmerican Energy, Black Hills Energy, Alliant Energy, Iowa Bankers Association, Trees Forever, Iowa Tree Farm Committee, and the Iowa Woodland Owners Association.

For information about how to apply for a spring Trees For Kids grant, go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Education/ForTeachers/EducationTrainingPrograms/TreesforKidsTeens.aspx or contact the grant coordinator at laura.wagner@dnr.iowa.gov.