FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2007
Funds Available for Tree Programs Statewide
(Columbia, SC) --The South Carolina Forestry Commission is once again opening a competitive award process for communities and non-profits wishing to promote public tree planting, resource assessments and management. The Community Forestry Grant Program has distributed more than $3.8 million since 1991 and money is available again this year!
The program is aimed at funding various project types which can be tailored to an individual community’s needs. In short, these funds pay for professional, long term care and management of trees and, in some cases, the planting of trees in a given community.
If my community/group receives a grant, how may we use it?
The Community Forestry Grant Program has a track record of developing successful tree management programs, improving planting, enhancing technical skills of people responsible for public tree care. More than 500 local and county governments and non-profit organizations have put these funds to work for the betterment of their communities.
Here are some great examples from around the state:
- Working through the Neighborhood Association, the City of Greenville received a grant for an educational tree planting event in a low-income neighborhood.
- The City of Forest Acres provided training and educational opportunities for city staff to become certified arborists.
- The City of Dillon used grant monies for a Tree Inventory and Planting Plan as well as an Arbor Day program.
The deadline for applications for grants is Sept. 14, 2007. For more information on requirements for eligibility, call Gloria Freeman at the SC Forestry Commission at (803) 896-8846 or email Gloria at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information, contact Scott Hawkins (803) 896-8820