The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum will receive $835,562 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Greener Towns” and “Trees for Nebraska Towns” (TNT) programs. Communities are invited to apply for funding from these programs, which focus on plant diversity and sustainable landscapes and provide funding and technical assistance to public projects in Nebraska communities.
Both programs work to enhance community landscapes while addressing various environmental challenges. TNT focuses on tree-planting, while Greener Towns covers a wider range of landscape projects, with both having the goals of reversing the loss of community forests and pollinator habitat, improving stormwater management, and increasing a wide range of other economic, environmental, aesthetic and social benefits provided by well-designed landscapes. These programs advance the Trust’s priorities of improving the state’s habitat and air, soil and water quality.
To be eligible, projects must provide clear public benefit and be located within or near the incorporated limits of a Nebraska community. Typical planting sites include but are not limited to street trees, parks, schools, college campuses, libraries, courthouses, fairgrounds and cemeteries. Funds are not available for homeowners but individuals interested in coordinating a neighborhood-wide project can apply for funding through a neighborhood association or other organization.
The applications, due September 30, require advance planning so applicants are encouraged to begin the process early. The maximum request is $20,000. The application is available online at http://plantnebraska.org/community-landscapes/project-funding/. For more information on Greener Towns contact Rachel Anderson at 402-782-1455 or for TNT contact Kendall Weyers at 402-472-6693.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $289 million in grants to over 2,000 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.