Mini-Grants, Big Impact

April 17, 2014
1:00-2:00pm EDT
National Webcast

Small funding opportunities or ‘mini-grants’ can empower new and non-traditional stakeholders to take action for greener cities. Mini-grant programs enable community members to take initiative on neighborhood-scale projects, building capacity among residents to provide sustainable long-term stewardship for trees and green spaces. These programs can greatly expand an urban greening organization’s impact across a city or region, but they also require attention, management, and support.

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Mini-Grants, Big Impact Resource List

Shalini Beath, Deputy Director MillionTreesNYC, Department of Parks and Recreation (New York, NY)
MillionTreesNYC is a citywide, public-private initiative to plant and care for one million new trees across New York City. Its TreeLC Mini-Grant program empowers grassroots groups with the tools and training they need to care for city trees.

Valerie Rupp, Assistant Director of Community Greening, Parks & People Foundation (Baltimore, MD)
Parks & People’s community greening programs can help community residents to grow strong roots. Parks & People Foundation provides mini-grants for residents to develop ideas and implement projects to improve their communities through hands-on greening projects.

Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Community organizing approach to urban greening project management
* Providing grassroots groups leadership training
* Benefits of mini-grant seed funding projects
* Building a volunteer base through regular engagement

About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast held at the lunch hour. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations, specifically ACTrees member organizations. Sessions are geared to serve the needs of community groups and municipal tree professionals, and are open to all, but are free for ACTrees member organizations.

The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.

CEU Approved: 0 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 0 Hour