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Apply now and double your green with Neat Streets Miami Street Tree matching grants

Between $5,000 and $25,000 grants to be awarded to municipalities, non-profits and community organizations

MIAMI (November 07, 2016)

In an attempt to reach the Million Trees Miami goal of one million trees planted by 2020 and a 30 percent tree canopy, we're pleased to announce the Street Trees Matching Grant program, now in its second year. Funded by Miami-Dade County, this grant engages municipalities, non-profits and community organizations in planting native or Florida-friendly trees on Miami-Dade's corridors and gateways.

“We are proud to be able to offer a boost in Miami-Dade’s tree canopy through partnerships,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “By teaming up with communities and non-profits, we can help green our community and create valuable shade on our streets.”

“This is our second year providing matching funds for street trees,” said Neat Streets Miami Chairman Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9. “We encourage all interested communities and organizations to take advantage of this tool to double your impact and double the number of trees planted. Think of it as a two for one deal!”

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 to $25,000 will be awarded to those communities who can demonstrate the greatest benefits for residents, employers and visitors and are able to provide a stewardship plan for our joint investment.

Eligible candidates include municipalities, non-profits, & community organizations. Grant applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • existing tree canopy
  • income level
  • match
  • education/outreach component
  • impact
  • ability to implement
  • maintenance

Preference will be given to areas with low-to-moderate income populations and/or with 20 percent or less tree canopy. We are accepting grant applications from Monday, November 7, 2016 to Friday, December 16, 2016 5 p.m.

For more information or questions, email greenup@miamidade.gov or 305-755-7849.

Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional county board dedicated to the maintenance and beautification of transportation corridors, gateways and connections. 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.

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

SPECIAL NOTE: ORDINANCE No. 16-58, NEW PARK RULE BANNING POLYSTYRENE (STYROFOAM) PRODUCTS IN PARKS AND BEACHES Beginning July 1, 2017, all polystyrene products (Styrofoam) will be banned in parks and beaches. The ordinance prohibits persons from bringing any polystyrene item onto park property, such as coolers, plates, bowls, cups, lids, to-go containers, cutlery, tableware, boxes, bags, wrappings and others.