TreeVitalize Metros Program: Erie County
The Pennsylvania DCNR grant initiativeTreevitalize Metros Program: Erie County was awarded to the Erie County Department of Planning (ECDP) in 2011. The ECDP is partnering with Environment Erie to administer this program. The grant, totally $100,000, will give Erie County the opportunity to increase tree cover in areas especially in the right of ways and public parks. TreeVitalize is thriving across the state with over 344,672 trees already planted since 2004, and aspirations of reaching 1 million new trees in Pennsylvania. Since 2011 Erie County has planted 672 trees in contribution to the state-wide goal of 1 million. Participating municipalities include Girard , Borough of North East, Corry, City of Erie, Harborcreek Township and Millcreek Township. You can get involved to help create a healthier, cleaner, and more attractive PA and Erie County for present and future generations!
The maximum grant awarded to a municipality in any one year is $15,000. Also, no more than $150 per tree will be awarded in grant funds. For example, a project that plants 100 trees will be awarded no more than $15,000 each year.
A dollar for dollar match is required of which at least 25% must be a cash match and at least 25% must be volunteer in kind contributions.
Tree tender workshops must be completed prior to planting by one (1) group member for every ten (10) trees planted. These people may be Shade Tree commission members or other volunteers, community staff or elected officials. The project coordinator MUST be a trained Tree Tender.Any organization, neighborhood group, or individual interested in using TreeVitalize funds to plant within their right-of-way must contact their corresponding municipality to fill out a joint application.
Please ensure that the following steps are completed before turning in an application to Environment Erie:
- Project Coordinator is assigned
- Project Planting Plan is completed including budget form and city map of proposed planting site
- Overhead and underground utilities area identified
- Trees are selected from Acceptable Tree Species attachment
- Signed Forested & Municipality Approval Form
Currently all grant rounds are closed but stay tuned for future funds in 2014