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Partners offer $95K to plant trees

The 25th anniversary of a partnership between the DTE Energy Foundation, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan continues a legacy of urban tree-planting in Michigan communities through an annual grant program.

A total of $95,000 is available in 1-to-1 matching grants of up to $4,000. Eligible organizations in DTE Energy’s service territory may apply by June 18.

What began as partnership in 1996 to plant trees on state forest lands was later expanded to include tree planting along streets and in parks and communities. Since then, more than 20 million trees and $3.5 million in funding have helped bring natural beauty and environmental benefits to Michigan forests and communities.

“At the DTE Energy Foundation, we’re committed to preserving our state’s natural beauty and creating positive change for future generations,” said Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “Through our partnership, we’ll step toward a cleaner, greener Michigan and create public spaces that Michiganders can enjoy.”

Grant funds are provided through the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy. The foundation provided $16 million in grant support and approximately $21 million in COVID-19 relief to nonprofits in 2020.

Awards will be announced in August and projects must be completed by May 31, 2022.

For more information and to download a grant application, visit Michigan.gov/UCF or contact DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Kevin Sayers at 517-582-3209.

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