Arbor Day Mini-Grants Available

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance are now accepting applications for Arbor Day mini-grants. The grants are available through the DNRís Urban and Community Forestry program with funding from the USDA Forest Service.

The goal of the program is to highlight Arbor Day (April 27, 2007), the value of trees and forests, and improve the quality of life in communities. Grants may be used for planting trees on public lands, staging Arbor Day celebrations or purchasing natural resource-related materials for libraries.

Local units of governments (city, township, village), public educational institutions (K-12, college, university), public libraries, non-profit organizations, neighborhood organizations, churches and tribes are eligible to apply. Grant applications and information packets are available from the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance at www.miarbordayalliance.org, or by calling (517) 337-4999.

Applications must be received by Nov. 17. Fifty grants will be awarded through a random selection process. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2007, and grant money will be paid upon completion of the project. All grants require matching funds equal to the awarded amount. The match may be made up of other funding or in-kind services, but may not include federal funds. Grants up to $200 may be requested.

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