Funds for Community Forestry & Green Infrastructure

Currently, financial assistance is available for Community Forestry and Green Infrastructure in the following programs:

Greener Nebraska Towns Program

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum offers the Greener Nebraska Towns (GNT) Program to Nebraskans collaborating with communities and not-for-profit organizations to implement sustainable public landscape projects in town. Planning assistance, educational resources and cost-share funds are available to help support these projects. These funds are provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery.

Program Focus Areas for 2016-2017:

•             Sustainable Schoolyards

•             Trees for Nebraska Towns

•             Waterwise Landscapes

•             Native Plants for Pollinators

Project Requirements

Participants are reimbursed up to $25,000 for 50 percent of their project expenses, which may include the value of donated and in-kind goods and services and volunteer labor. At least 70 percent of cost-share funds must be used for plant material and site preparation and supplies necessary for its survival. Up to 30 percent of cost-share funds can go toward project design, educational signage and hardscape material. Traditional lawns and irrigation, equipment and property purchases, rock mulches, plastic edging and weed barriers are ineligible for reimbursement.

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum wants help from participants to spread the word about sustainability in their communities. As part of GNT, a committee representing project stakeholders maintains an active role in fostering meaningful participation by involving others in project phases, hosting educational efforts devoted to sustainability and keeping the media informed of project developments.

Application (available here) deadlines are July 21 and October 1, 2016.

For more information contact Rachel Anderson or visit plantnebraska.org.

Free Trees for Fall Planting - Celebrating ReTree Week

Free Trees for Fall Planting is sponsored by the Nebraska Community Forestry Council (NCFC) and ReTree Nebraska. It's funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, which is a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery, and the US Forest Service. The purpose is to help enable the planting of trees during the fall in conjunction with ReTree Nebraska Week and other fall planting events. ReTree Nebraska week is the last full week of September but trees can be planted between September 1st, through November 15th. The recipient's event will be considered a ReTree Nebraska event.

  • Celebrate trees and promote the value of healthy trees for a healthy community.
  • Plant at least 200 high-quality trees in Nebraska communities in conjunction with a tree-related educational event or community celebration to promote fall planting targeted between September and November.
  • Award tree advocates 1-10 trees by giving priority to ReTree Nebraska ambassadors, Tree City USA tree boards, Tree Campus USA schools, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum curators, individuals volunteering/supporting community forestry programs and Project Learning Tree facilitators.
  • Assist volunteers and non-profit partners such as business improvement districts, neighborhood associations, government agencies, and other public or private entities with tree planting in public spaces and areas of civic importance.
  • Promote the healthy establishment and ongoing care of newly-planted trees.
  • Diversify the community forest by promoting a broader diversity of native and well-adapted non-native tree species recommended by ReTree Nebraska. A special emphasis will be placed on the planting of ReTree Nebraska's 16 for 2016 underutilized trees species.
  • Provide educational opportunities for people to learn more about trees and their proper selection, planting and care.
  • Visit this webpage to download the grant application and view current grant updates.