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Grants to California Nonprofits, Tribes, Schools, Agencies, and Special Districts for Tree-Planting Projects in Eligible Locations

Field-of-Interest Funds - Environmental Fund - ReLeaf Tree Planting


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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Mendocino County

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/18/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $7,500 to California nonprofit organizations, tribes, schools, government agencies, and special districts for tree-planting projects in eligible locations. Priority will be given to sustainable projects to plant native species of trees. Project expenses may include administration or indirect costs. Eligible projects are those that take place in Mendocino County.

The ReLeaf Fund is part of the Environmental Fund of the Community Foundation of Mendocino County's Field-of-Interest Grant Program. The goal of the Releaf Tree Planting Fund is to encourage, promote, and maintain urban forests in cities and unincorporated areas for the public benefit throughout Mendocino County.

Priority will be given to projects that utilize native trees and have a detailed maintenance and reporting plan. 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.


Proposals may cover the costs of the trees and other materials necessary for planting (stakes, etc.), and priority will be given to those that demonstrate the following:

  • The tree planting is for public benefit.
  • The species will do well in the area, with preference given to native species and where suitable, fruit and nut trees.
  • The watering systems are specified, with preference given to drip irrigation systems that can be expanded as the trees grow.
  • A 5-year management plan outlining quarterly activities, such as watering, mulching, and pruning, and a commitment to reporting annually. (For more information regarding tree maintenance or selection, please reference the ReLeaf Selection and Maintenance Guidance in Supporting Documents below)


Additional Eligibility Criteria
For applicants who received a Field-of-Interest Fund Grant in the prior year: the organization may be eligible to apply to this round of funding, provided it is from a different field of interest. Contact the Program Team with any questions about eligibility. City and county entities will be considered on a request-by-request basis.

All other applicant organizations must:
• Serve residents of Mendocino County or 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 a 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 (see fiscal sponsorship guidelines)
• Have one year of operational history after receiving charitable status
• Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation

The Community Foundation allows community groups to apply using a fiscal sponsor. For information about applying as a community group, see page 2 of the Field of Interest Grant Program Guidelines in Supporting Documents.

Applicants may not use grants for:
- Political contributions or to support political campaigns or lobbying
- Influencing the outcome of or participation 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

Thinning, fuel reduction, and tree removal projects are ineligible for funding.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Community Foundation will hold a Lunch and Learn Nonprofit Training Series.

“The How, When, and Why of Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing”
- September 7, 2023 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center
- September 8, 2023 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Mendocino Coast Clinics

Other topics will include: understanding nonprofit governance; soliciting major gifts; marketing, fundraising, and movement building; operations; human resources for small organizations; nonprofit finance and budgeting; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); unconscious bias and engaging with clients/ community; and strategic planning. For more information or to register,

Pre-Application Information
Program Deadline: September 18, 2023, by 5:00 PM

Grants recipients will be notified of an award by November 17, 2023.

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 to receive feedback on their draft application, they must request an appointment and have the draft application available by September 8th. Appointments can be made by booking time with Meredith DeLucia.

Grant proposals for $5,000 or more may have two stages of review: an initial review and a site visit. Site visits may be made in person, by phone, or virtually. A site visit is in no way a guarantee of funding.

The Program Team hosted virtual application workshops on August 10, 2023, and August 11, 2023. A recording of the August 10th workshop has been made available here:

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Term of Contract
Projects and/or activities supported by a field of interest grant should be concluded by November 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Meredith DeLucia
Program Officer

For technical assistance questions, contact Hayley Moore at (707) 468-9882 ext. 110 or email

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 South Oak Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 468-9882

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