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Tennessee Grant Window Open for Urban Tree Planting Projects

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The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is helping fund urban forestry tree planting projects to help increase and improve tree populations. 

Applications with the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP)are now open.. State Forester David Arnold said this project could improve Tennessee’s urban areas in a number of ways.

“An element of the program would be to try to establish what's called a riparian forest in our urban areas. Basically a riparian forest is planting trees along a creek or a stream, and it acts as a filter to keep pollutants and dirt out of streams,” said Arnold. “Other benefits to use as people is that they provide shade, scenic beauty.”

Proposals must be submitted electronically by emailing Forestry.Nashville@tn.gov by Monday, June 4, 2021. All grant contracts will start on November 1, and end on April 30, 2022. Riparian tree planting on public or private land is available for funding with TAEP funds. Tree labels for an arboretum or outdoor classroom can be purchased using TAEP funds. 

Cities and towns, neighborhood associations, civic groups, and schools are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants may apply for grants up to $20,000. The minimum amount requested must be $500.