Keeping Alabama beautiful
Green spaces contribute to a town’s sense of community, and we are proud to support those efforts through our Good Roots grant program. By providing grant funding to cities, towns and communities to plant trees and support beautification efforts, the foundation and our Good Roots partners are helping keep Alabama beautiful and vibrant.
How we evaluate Good Roots Grant candidates
Good Roots Grants always meet the following criteria:
- The project helps to maintain an excellent quality of life and enhances and improves the quality of the environment in communities across the state, and encourages active community involvement.
- Eligible groups include: local governments (cities, towns, communities of any size, educational institutions) or city and county school systems, universities and any 501 (c)(3) organization.
- Awards are paid to the organization and not to individuals.
- Recipient organizations must have tax-exempt status under the IRS Code and must not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, nationality or ethnic origin.
- Grants will be awarded up to $1,000.
- All trees shall be planted according to the procedures prescribed by the International Society of Arborculture or the National Arbor Day Foundation. (http://www.arborday.org/trees/index.cfm)
- The local government or nonprofit representative must endorse the project. A signed grant agreement is required for all grant recipients.
- A grant selection committee will judge each application competitively on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. This committee will make the final determination of all grant awards.
- Applications will be judged on: the degree of environmental benefit to the community, likelihood of project success, degree to which the project is supported by local leaders, degree to which volunteers are involved and how the project spurs community involvement, degree to which the long-term care of the trees is demonstrated and soundness of the project’s financial plan.