Grants and Funding Opportunities
Below is a listing of grants and funding opportunities for Iowa communities, schools, and groups. Please contact us if you have information you would like to add about additional funding sources. Feel free to ask questions or post comments in the comment area.
Branching Out is a nationally-recognized grant program where Alliant Energy, Trees Forever and your community work together to fund and implement tree-planting projects. This is a community grant program to plant trees and improve energy efficiency in Iowa. Please visit alliantenergy.com/branchingout for more information.
Green your new industrial park with Alliant Energy’s Industrial Park Tree Grant Program. It’s available for land developers and industrial parks currently being developed in Iowa communities served by Alliant Energy. This program offers tree-planting grants specifically for industrial parks to encourage energy efficiency, environmental awareness and support economic growth. Please visit alliantenergy.com/industrialparktrees for more information.
Trees for Kids and Trees for Teens are educational programs that incorporate educational experiences with planting trees. A focus is placed on Iowa's elementary and secondary school students. We hope to educate students about the values of trees, and to encourage tree planting projects at schools or at other public areas in the state of Iowa.
This unique program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Bureau of Forestry in parnership with MidAmerican Energy, Black Hills Energy, Alliant Energy, Trees Forever, Iowa Tree Farm Committee, Iowa Woodland Owners Association, Iowa Bankers Association, and Iowa Landscape and Nursery Association.
This will fund up to $5,000.00 of landscape tree cost on school grounds or other public property. It is designed for hands-on learning, with the youth planting and caring for the trees. An education component is required.
The Fall 2012 Application is now available: Fall 2013 Grant Application for a Ms Word Format Grant Application, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with request
Project Learning Tree training is required for at least one educator from the applicant entity. The next PLT training is Thursday and Friday, June 14th & 15th at Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge. Click here for the application.
For more information about the Trees For Kids program, please contact Laura Wagner at email@example.com or 515-281-6749
Trees Please Program - MidAmerican Energy Communities
Applications are mailed out in September and are due back the Third Friday in October.The Communities receive letter the second week of December to let them know what their grant will be. Checks are hand delivered in March to the Communities.Status reports are mailed to Communities in June or July and are due back by October 1st.
We have included the following reminders so everyone understands the program requirements.
- Grant money must be used for the purchase of trees only.
- The trees need to be planted in common areas such as parks, trails and City owned right-of-ways. This program is not a residential customer tree-planting program.
- This program is a matching grant program. You must have matching funding from other sources that equals MidAmerican Energy’s grant amount, this can also be donated labor and or materials.
We look forward to working with you and your community. Please call Kimberly Willer at 800-434-4017 with questions or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USDA Forest Service 2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant -- $3 million
The U.S. Forest Service requests proposals for wood energy projects that require engineering services. These projects will use woody biomass, such as material removed from forest restoration activities, wildfire hazardous fuel treatments, insect and disease mitigation, and/or forest management due to catastrophic weather events. The woody biomass shall be used in a bioenergy facility that uses commercially proven technologies to produce thermal, electrical, or liquid/gaseous bioenergy. The funds from this grant program must be used to further the planning of such facilities by funding the engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis.
HUD Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants -- $110 million
The HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Program is aimed at helping communities develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy to achieve three core goals. The goals include transforming distressed public and assisted housing into energy-efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long term, and transforming distressed, high-poverty neighborhoods into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to well-functioning services, including public transportation.
American Water Works Environmental Grant Program
American Water Works Company, Inc., a water and wastewater utility company has announced that applications are being accepted by its participating state subsidiaries for the company's 2012 Environmental Grant Program awards. Grants will be available in American Water service areas in ten states California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia. The program provides funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore, or protect the watersheds, surface water, and/or groundwater supplies through partnerships.
EPA Announces Building Blocks Communities for 2012
EPA has selected 56 communities in 26 states to receive technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program in 2012. The assistance will be delivered in a day-long workshop for each community that will provide ideas on local policies and procedures to improve the local economy, environment, and quality of life.