In the aftermath of trees lost to Hurricane Irma, Neat Streets Miami remains relentless in the Million Trees Miami goal of 1 million trees planted in Miami-Dade County by 2020 and a 30 percent tree canopy.
Today, Neat Streets Miami announced the third cycle of its “Street Tree Matching Grant Program,”aimed at engaging municipalities, non-profits and organizations in planting native or Florida-friendly trees throughout Miami-Dade County.
“Although our County’s tree canopy was impacted during Hurricane Irma, we are working to rebuild our green infrastructure,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Trees not only shade and beautify our world-class community, but they are also essential to the environment and our livability.”
“Re-greening Miami-Dade after Hurricane Irma should be a priority initiative for everyone. Neat Street Miami’s Street Tree Matching Grant provides an opportunity for various government municipalities, non-profits and community groups to help support our tree revitalization effort,” said Neat Streets Miami Chairman and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9.
The Street Tree Matching Grant application is easy to complete and available here. Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 22, 2017, by 5 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Llorente firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-755-7849.
Matching grants will range from $5,000 up to $25,000. Applicants are encouraged to consider comprehensive approach to tree planting that includes maintenance and outreach plans. Finally, preference will be given to areas with low-to-moderate income populations, and/or with 20 percent or less tree canopy.
Made possible through the County’s Tree Trust Fund, the grant award aims to leverage the County’s street tree program by encouraging investments on County or local streets. The 2018 grant funding totals $250,000, a 20 percent increase from last year.
About Neat Streets Miami and Million Trees Miami
Launched by Neat Streets Miami, the Million Trees Miami Campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County.
About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.
# # #
To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters and/or any accommodations to participate in any Miami-Dade Parks-sponsored program or meeting, contact Mary Palacios at Mary.Palacios@miamidade.gov, 305-755-7848, at least 7 days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).