Project Funding

Environmental Project Funding

Since 1989, Trees Forever has created nationally-award-winning programs that pool resources from donors and sponsors to fund and assist with needed grassroots projects. We’re also dedicated to working with diverse communities and celebrating cultures through projects that tie to the Trees Forever mission.

Our Trees Forever staff is available to help you plan and develop your planting project, submit your design and application, and even recruit volunteers and plan your planting event. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-369-1269, ext. 110

Below are the programs and application deadlines.  Click each program title for more information about the program and its application process.

Program NameDeadlineSummary
Alliant Energy Branching OutNovember 1Grants up to $5,000 (per community) for community-based tree planting projects in Iowa communities where Alliant Energy provides electric and/or natural gas service.
Black Hills Power of TreesNovember 1Grants of up to $5,000 per project for community-based tree planting projects in Iowa communities that are served by Black Hills Energy.
Granting a Better TomorrowFebruary 1 and July 1Grants of $100 to $1500 will be made available to youth-focused or youth-led projects in both Iowa and Illinois that seek to add more green to our communities through tree plantings. 
The Green InitiativeReviewed upon submissionGrants for seedlings are available to everyone across Iowa and in the Quad City area of Illinois to help diversify community forests and increase canopy cover.
Iowa’s Living Roadways Community VisioningSeptember 15Iowa Communities with populations equal to or less than 10,000 are eligible to apply to receive planning and design services that encourage visionary and yet strategic thinking about transportation improvements.  Ten communities are selected for the program each year.
Trails VisioningApplications no longer accepted.Iowa trail groups and/or communities are eligible to apply to receive planning and design services for already established trails.  Four trails are selected for the program each year.
Illinois Buffer PartnershipMarch 31Planning, planting and maintenance assistance is provided to program participants to implement a water quality project or demonstration site in Illinois. A 50% cost share (up to a maximum of $2,000) is also available to participating landowners.
Illinois Community Forestry – Recover, Replant, Restore!September 24Grants of $500 to $3,000 are available to Illinois communities diversifying their community forests or recovering from natural or man-made disasters particularly emerald ash borer (EAB). The grants will also help communities prepare for these disasters by planting more diverse disease- and storm-resistant shade trees. . Projects may include planting trees along streets, trails, community entryways, at schools, public buildings, parks and more.
Planting HopeNext application round opening soonFunding up to $5,000 is available to communities in Iowa and Illinois that experienced derecho impacts.
Pollinator Habitat ConservationMarch 31Planning, planting and maintenance assistance is provided to program participants to establish or enhance native planting projects designed to benefit pollinators. A 50% cost share (up to a maximum of $1,000) is also available to participants in either Iowa or Illinois.
Working Watersheds: Buffers & BeyondReviewed upon submissionPlanning, planting and maintenance assistance is provided to program participants to implement a water quality project or demonstration site in Iowa. A 50% cost share (up to a maximum of $2,000) is also available to participating landowners.