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Community trees supported with partnership grant program; applications due June 17

A women wearing a sunhat kneels next to a potted broadleaf tree to care for it

Grant proposals for community tree-planting projects are now being accepted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for the 2022 DTE Energy Foundation partnership grant program. This program assists communities in DTE Energy's service area with projects that reduce the effects of climate change and bring natural beauty and the benefits of trees to community streets and public spaces.

The DTE Foundation, DNR and nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan continue a legacy of tree planting in Michigan communities through the annual grant program. This year, atotal of $100,000 is available in 1-to-1 matching grants of up to $4,000.

Learn more and apply for a tree-planting grant by June 17.

What began as partnership in 1996 has resulted in more than 20 million trees and $3.5 million in funding invested in Michigan forests and communities.

Balled-and-burlap trees are positioned near holes, ready to plant“Trees provide many benefits, especially when it comes to slowing climate change, by naturally removing carbon dioxide from the air and releasing oxygen," said Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Energy Foundation. "The DTE Foundation takes pride in supporting our partners who prioritize preserving our state’s natural resources.

“Organizations like ReLeaf Michigan and the DNR create tangible change and encourage a cleaner, greener Michigan," Dowler said. "We are thankful to play a part in this growth and in the future of our great state of Michigan.”

Grant funds are provided through the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy which focuses on three key areas: jobs, equity and the environment. The DNR and ReLeaf Michigan provide program administration, project coordination and technical assistance to partners for planting projects.

Grant awards will be announced in August, and projects must be completed by May 31, 2023.

Get more urban and community forestry information at Michigan.gov/UCF.

Media contacts: Kevin Sayers (DNR), 517-582-3209; Amanda Passage (DTE Energy), 313-235-9207; or Melinda Jones (ReLeaf Michigan), 734-718-2702