One month left to apply for one of 20 matching grants of up to $15,000
TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Communities looking for some green to
support their urban forestry projects have one month left to apply for
a matching grant of up to $15,000 through TD Green Streets.
The grants, awarded through a partnership between TD Friends of the
Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada, are available to
Municipalities, Aboriginal communities and Montreal, Vancouver and
Toronto-based Business Improvement Associations (BIAs). Applications
must be submitted before December 9, 2011. Applicants are encouraged to visit www.tdgreenstreets.ca for details.
"We're honoured to support innovative practices from communities across
Canada to plant and maintain trees through the TD Green Streets
program, and we're excited to see the initiatives that our entrants are
planning in the coming year," says Mary Desjardins, Executive Director,
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. "We encourage municipalities,
Aboriginal communities and BIAs planning urban forestry projects to
With up to 20 grants available for tree planting, inventory, maintenance
and educational activities, communities can receive the crucial funding
necessary to support urban forestry projects that will help revitalize
their main streets.
"We are so proud to deliver Canada's urban forest program success story
with the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation," says Michael Rosen,
President, Tree Canada. "It's great to see communities committed to the
benefits of cleaner air, wildlife habitat and infrastructure gains such
as less heat islands and better stormwater management through the
planting and maintaining of urban trees in their neighbourhoods, "
"We were delighted to receive a matching grant from TD Green Streets to
support our promotion of the Schools Plant Legacy in Trees (SPLIT)
program throughout Saskatoon city schools," says Donald J. Atchison,
Mayor, City of Saskatoon, SK. "The program is an urban forestry project
offering young people an opportunity to learn about Saskatchewan's
forests, fostering responsibility, stewardship, and an awareness of
planting and caring for trees. Thanks to TD Green Streets we can ensure
the future of this valuable program for our city's students."
TD Green Streets: Impact on Canadian Communities
Since the launch of Green Streets in 1994, more than 458 Canadian municipalities have received grants to plant and
maintain trees through the program. From revitalizing downtown parks to
greening industrial spaces, there are many innovative ways that
Canadian municipalities have benefitted from funding received through
the program. Last year, 23 communities and associations from
coast-to-coast received grants through the TD Green Streets program.
TD Green Streets: How It Works
Based on the community size and need, grants of up to $15,000 are
awarded with a maximum of 50 per cent of the grant allocated towards
the cost of tree planting. The remainder can be used for inventory,
maintenance and educational activities.
All submissions are reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of
representatives from Tree Canada, TD Friends of the Environment
Foundation and urban forest practitioners.
Winners are selected based on innovation, community involvement and
Recipients of a 2012 TD Green Streets matching grant will be announced
in early 2012. For more information or to apply for TD Green Streets
funding visit www.tdgreenstreets.ca
About Tree Canada:
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to
encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural
environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree
Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals
to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and
other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and
maintaining trees. To date, more than 77 million trees have been
planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada
has organized nine national urban forest conferences. More information
about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.
About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
Since 1990, TD FEF has provided more than $55 million in funding to more
than 20,000 grassroots environment and wildlife projects across Canada.
In 2010, TD FEF provided more than $3.5 million in support of 970
projects. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis and TD
Bank Group contributes in excess of $1 million annually. TD also covers
the management costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent
of every dollar donated goes directly to funding environment and
wildlife projects in the community where the donation was made. For
more information on how to donate and get involved in your community,
SOURCE TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
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