Neat Streets Miami announces $100,000 matching Street Trees Grant
Program doubles impact of community planting
In an attempt to reach the Million Trees Miami goal of 1 million trees planted by 2020 and a 30% tree canopy, Neat Streets Miami today announced a 2016 $100,000 matching grant program to engage municipalities, non-profits and organizations in planting native or Florida-friendly trees on Miami-Dade’s corridors and gateways.
Made possible through county funds, the goal of this program is to leverage the County’s street tree program by encouraging investments on county or local streets. Grants of $5,000 up to $25,000 will be awarded to communities who demonstrate the greatest benefits for residents, employers and visitors and are able to provide a stewardship plan for our joint investment. Communities are encouraged to consider comprehensive approach to tree planting; including a maintenance plan, outreach and education. Finally, preference will be given to areas where the tree canopy coverage is at or below 20 percent. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 29, 2016 (Arbor Day).
“I hope many communities take advantage of this innovative matching grant that will allow us to double our impact and reach our goal of 1 million trees by 2020,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Trees and green space enhance Miami-Dade's quality of life and beautify our community, so we must continue to invest in our green infrastructure for the benefit of our 2.7 million residents and millions of visitors.”
“The purpose of the Miami-Dade Street Trees Matching Grant is to provide an opportunity for various government municipalities, non-profits and community groups to join together and collectively increase our tree canopy,” said Neat Streets Miami Chair and Miami Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9. “By encouraging planting more trees, we can create green, beautiful and inviting gateways and corridors.”
The Miami-Dade Street Trees Matching Grant application is easy to fill out and available online at the Neat Streets Miami home page. A direct link to the application can be found at https://form.jotform.com/60845418510150.
About Neat Streets Miami and Million Trees Miami
Launched by Neat Streets Miami, the Million Trees Miami Campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County.