Iowa communities seeking to save energy, beautify their neighborhoods and enhance the environment can apply for a grant through the Power of Trees program.
Applications are due Nov. 1 for the program, a partnership between Black Hills Energy, Trees Forever and participating communities. Applicants must be served by Black Hills Energy, with plantings related to energy efficiency.
Trees Forever field coordinators are available for site visits to interested communities to help develop a project and work on the application. Trees can be planted on both public and private property.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for communities interested in planting more trees,” said Meredith Borchardt, program manager and field coordinator for Trees Forever. “Streets, trails, entryways, schools, public buildings, homes and cemeteries are prime spots for these projects, but each town can develop its own idea.”
Black Hills Energy provides grants of $500 to $7,000 for the tree-planting projects. Trees Forever administers the program and provides staff to help community leaders and volunteers plan and complete successful, long-lasting projects.
The deadline is Nov. 1, 2015, for spring plantings. Applications can be found at:
Contact Deb Roman at 1-800-369-1269, ext. 110 or to be connected with a Trees Forever staff person to help with your application.
For more information, contact Meredith Borchardt at or 319-278-1131.