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Posted on: June 18, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Schools, Neighborhood Groups & Homeowner Organizations Eligible for $5000 Grant to Plant Trees

The ReLeaf Grant Program provides landscape funding to community organizations for planting projects in public spaces. All community groups are encouraged to apply. Projects that have received funding in the past include tree plantings within parks and playgrounds, memorial plantings, tree plantings along streets and reforestation projects along streams. The County encourages the planting of low-maintenance, native-tree species that thrive in Maryland’s climate and are resistant to the effects of drought.

Communities that wish to organize and implement projects using volunteer labor are eligible to receive reimbursement for 100% of their expenses. Groups that choose to hire a contractor for tree planting can receive reimbursement for up to 50 percent of the contract cost. Grant funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be used only for costs associated with tree and shrub planting. Small community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per project. Community groups interested in the ReLeaf Grant Program should submit a formal letter requesting funding along with a ReLeaf Grant Application. Applications should be submitted at least six months prior to the proposed planting date and special consideration is given to cost-effective proposals. To request a ReLeaf Grant Application or to receive assistance in improving your proposal or designing your project, please contact the County at at 301-883-5802 or MBanjoko@co.pg.md.us.

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