NeighborWoods® Grants

Every neighborhood deserves the benefits of trees: cleaner air, safer streets and healthier residents. NeighborWoods® envisions a future where all people live in communities with tree-lined streets, shaded parks and public spaces, and full-canopied neighborhoods.

Alliance for Community Trees launched the NeighborWoods® program in 2005 as a national initiative to support local tree-planting organizations and their efforts to make neighborhoods cleaner, greener and healthier. NeighborWoods® has since delivered over $1.2 million in grants to local nonprofits.

A signature NeighborWoods® grant program supported strategic tree planting to improve the health and livability of affordable housing communities. In partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, these projects enhanced the home environment of families across the country:

2010 Grant Projects
2009 Grant Projects
2008 Grant Projects
2007 Grant Projects
2006 Grant Projects

NeighborWoods® Month Mini-Grant

The spirit of NeighborWoods® reaches a peak every year during National NeighborWoods® Month, the annual celebration of trees in communities. Each October, thousands of volunteers take action to green their neighborhoods across the country. In addition to providing gear, publicity, and promotional materials, ACTrees supports local organizations during October with National NeighborWoods® Month Mini-Grants.

The purpose of the $500 NeighborWoods® Mini-Grant is to help nonprofit tree groups make their National NeighborWoods® Month events memorable and successful. Grants should enable an organization to host a more successful event rather than be the determining factor in whether an event is organized. Eligible events get the public involved during October in tree planting, tree care, education, and other activities that engage them in urban and community forestry, and are branded as National NeighborWoods® Month events.

Envision the mini-grant as a way to accomplish something extra. We encourage you to focus on marketing, media, and elevating the quality of your National NeighborWoods® Month event.

Eligible Uses: Suggested uses include:

  • Order printed posters, banners, T-shirts, and other promotional items.
  • Pay for a media service to disseminate press releases to get coverage for your event. (One example is U.S. Newswire)
  • Hire a professional photographer or videographer to document your NeighborWoods® Month event. Professional photos make a big difference for your website, brochures, and annual reports. So make a list of the shots you want the photographer to capture. To research photographers in your area, visit the Society for Sport & Event Photographers or the Professional Photographers of America or ask colleagues about photographers they have worked with successfully.
  • Pay for a sign-maker to print your logo or local sponsor’s logo onto the NeighborWoods® Month banner.
  • Create awards or recognition for elected leaders, volunteers, or partners involved in your events.
  • Make your event kid-friendly and inviting to the whole community: provide games, a babysitter, a children’s entertainer, music, etc.
  • Or other strategic one-time investment that will help you make a bigger splash and draw more attention for your NeighborWoods® Month events.

Ineligible Uses: Grant funds are not permitted to be used for:

  • Personnel, including salaries and benefits.
  • General office expenses, equipment, capital expenses, and overhead.
  • Plant materials and planting supplies.
  • Food.

Related Resources:
Apply for a NeighborWoods® Mini-Grant