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Field-of-Interest Funds - Environmental Education and Conservation Fund: Mendocino County ReLeaf Tree Planting

Grants to California Nonprofits, School Districts, and Agencies for
Projects to Maintain, Promote, and Encourage Urban Forests

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (CFMC)

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $8,000 to California nonprofit organizations, school districts, and government agencies for projects that benefit the public through the maintenance, promotion, and encouragement of urban forests in eligible regions. Priority will be given to projects that have a detailed maintenance and reporting plan and use native tree species. Eligible projects are those that take place in Mendocino County.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: fruit tree orchards for food banks and community dining rooms, street trees, park trees, and trees on school sites and after-care programs.


Recipients of tree planting grants from the Environmental Education and Conservation Fund must adhere to the Mendocino County ReLeaf tree planting guidelines below:

  • Planting must be for public benefit. 
  • Funds may be used for trees and materials necessary for planting (stakes, etc.). 
  • Applicants should choose species that do well in the area, with preference given to native species; where suitable, plant fruit and nut trees (see the Mendocino County ReLeaf list of recommended trees). Trees can also be chosen from the City of Ukiah's master tree lists. The list of selected trees and their planting schedule should be provided along with the application. 
  • Please follow the "Tree Care Guide" on how to select the right location, planting, watering, and mulching the trees.
  • Applicants should specify the watering system they intend to use to water the planted trees. Preference is given to drip irrigation systems that can be expanded as the trees grow.
  • Applicants must provide a 5-year management plan, outlining quarterly activities, such as watering, mulching, and pruning. For pruning, please follow the “How to Prune Young Shade Trees” guidelines. Trees should be fertilized annually before winter rains with a layer of compost or leaf mulch/wood chips.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184731

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant range: $1,000 - $8,000

Term of Contract:

Projects and/or activities supported by a Field-of-Interest grant should be concluded by March 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

City and county entities will be considered on a request-by-request basis. All other applicant organizations must:
• Serve residents of Mendocino County. Applicants not headquartered in Mendocino County must ensure that all grant dollars requested are spent within the County;
• Be legally chartered in California and in possession of determination letter from the IRS declaring the organization a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3); or be a school district, tribe, or special district (e.g. community services, recreation, fire protection); or have an aligned mission with a fiscal sponsor;
• Have two years of operational history;
• Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.

Applicants may not use grants for:
• Political contributions or to support political campaigns or lobbying;
• Influencing the outcome of or participate in any public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive;
• Purposes other than those which are religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational within the meaning of Section 170 (c)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code;
• Purposes other than those stated in the grant award.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant proposal submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on February 26, 2021.

Grants recipients will be notified of award by April 15, 2021.

Grant proposals for $5,000 or more will have two stages of review: an initial review and a virtual site visit. Applicants whose proposals are not competitive after the initial round of review will be notified by March 15, 2021. Those who make it to the second round of review may expect a site visit in March by members of the review committee and staff of the Community Foundation. A site visit is in no way a guarantee of funding.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least five days in advance of the deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen internet connectivity issues. If an applicant would like a staff review, application drafts must be available by February 19.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Amy Lutz, Grants Administrator
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 S. Oak Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
707-468-9882 x 104

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