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Trees for Kids Grant Program

Grants and In-Kind Support to Iowa Nonprofits, Agencies, and School
Districts for Educational Tree Planting Programs and Events

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Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

09/17/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 and in-kind assistance to Iowa nonprofit service organizations, local units of government, and school districts to implement educational projects and events related to planting trees. Grant funds may be used to purchase trees and mulch from local nurseries. DNR staff members provide planting, mulching, and watering demonstrations and offer guidance to students as they plant their trees. Priority counties are Pottawattamie, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, and Page but applications are accepted across the state.

The purpose of the Trees for Kids program is to educate children, teenagers, and young adults about the importance of trees and their myriad benefits, as well as to offer hands-on planting and maintenance experience. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, virtual education programs are encouraged and can include such formats as recorded video of planting, virtual presentation to a classroom or youth group, assigned timeslots for students and families to plant on their own, virtual classroom curriculum about trees and the environment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174007

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant recipients are awarded up to $2,500 per project to purchase trees and mulch from Iowa nurseries.

Term of Contract:

Planting days are to be scheduled no earlier than October 1 and no later than November 6; requests that fall outside of this timeframe will NOT be approved.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local and state governments such as school districts, cities, counties, and service organizations with 501(c)3 status can apply for Trees for Kids funding. Service organizations lacking 501(c)3 status can attain eligibility by involving local governments in the holding of funds.

Shovels, buckets, gloves, saws, and other supplies, as well as any costs associated with digging, site preparation, and other labor, are NOT covered by grant funding.

Plantings on private property other than private school grounds are NOT eligible for grant funding.

Please Note: Trees for Kids strictly prohibits the use of augers for digging holes!

Out-of-state nurseries, including those along any of Iowa’s borders, are not allowed to provide trees.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on September 17, 2021.

A pre-application site visit is encouraged for all new applicants (and optional for repeat applicants). Please contact the program coordinator to set up a visit for your event.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions or assistance, please contact program coordinator Gabbi Edwards at 515-822-1031 or

Applications must be submitted to:
Gabriele Edwards

Or mailed to:
Gabriele Edwards
Iowa DNR - Forestry Section
502 E 9th St
Des Moines IA 50319

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