America the Beautiful Grant Program

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


Grant amount: Up to US $12,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 25, 2019 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Connecticut

Location of residency: Connecticut

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Overview:

The American The Beautiful Grant Program provides grants to assist municipalities and non-profits in local urban forestry efforts. Funding for this program is through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

In view of RGGI’s association with power generation and CO2 reduction, DEEP Forestry has expanded the grant criteria to put a specific focus on reduction of the use of energy. Also, in the wake of the storms of recent years, a focus is placed on roadside tree management. Invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorned beetle are also great concern, as is the role of urban trees in promoting human health. Basically, what we are saying: we hope to encourage a creative approach, one based on vision and that recognizes the value of partnerships, in the development of these grant proposals. 

ATB Grants can be applied to a wide range of urban forestry projects. Projects must be reflective of the needs of the community and demonstrate the community’s commitment to urban forestry

DEEP Forestry has defined seven categories of ATB grants. When submitting an application, an applicant is required to identify one of these seven categories as reflective of the proposal. Further details on these categories are contained here. These categories are:

  • Inner City Urban Forestry
  • Municipal Urban Forestry Planning and Maintenance
  • Management of Urban Forest Woodlands
  • Planting or Maintenance of Legacy Trees
  • Planting or Managing Trees to Reduce Energy Consumption or Increase Carbon Sequestration
  • The Management of Roadside Trees for Storm Resistance
  • Other, General Urban Forestry Projects

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Incorporated 501-c non-profit organizations, municipalities and other units of local government are eligible for these grants, providing they possess a Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN). 
  • It is a requirement for reimbursement that all expenditures are to be matched 50:50.

Ineligibility:

  •  DEEP is committed to reducing the spread of non-native, invasive plants. As such, the ATB Grant Program will not provide funding for the planting of tree or shrub species determined to be non-native and invasive.