Keep America Beautiful

2014 KAB/UPS Tree Planting Grants


2014 Keep America Beautiful/UPS Community Tree & Recovery Tree Planting Grants
Deadline March 12, 2014

UPS Foundation has been a supporter of Keep America Beautiful since funding KAB’s Volunteer Management program in 2004. The corporation’s leadership in environmental issues and outstanding efforts to promote and sustain volunteerism in America earned UPS the Keep America Beautiful Vision for America Award in 2007. In 2008, The UPS Foundation realigned its global strategy and announced a renewed focus on environmental sustainability.

In 2014, The UPS Foundation is proud to offer the Keep America Beautiful/UPS Community Tree & Recovery Tree Planting Grants in the amount of $160,000 consisting of the following:

1) 25 grants @ $5,000 each for Community Tree Planting Projects
2)   5 grants @ $5,000 each for Post-Recovery Tree Planting Projects
3)   1 grant @ $10,000 for a large scale Post-Recovery Tree Planting Project

Community Tree Planting Projects will address one or more of the following: reducing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and greenhouse gas emissions through strategic plantings; emphasizing the importance of native trees; or planting fruit trees to produce fruit for local consumption.

Post-Recovery Tree Planting Projects will be given to affiliates whose communities have lost significant trees as a result of a natural disaster. These grants will focus on planting trees that have a greater likelihood of withstanding disasters ( e.g., roots hold soil and prevent erosion, lessen runoff to mitigate flooding).

 - Projects will demonstrate long term operational and financial sustainability.
 - Priority will be given to affiliates that encourage and have an articulated plan for UPS employee engagement in tree planting projects.

KAB Affiliate Eligibility & Proposal Requirements:

  • KAB certified affiliates in good standing are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals should clearly describe the need for the project in the community.
  • A strong sustainability plan must be included in the proposal.
  • Employee engagement plan to utilize and capture/track the number of UPS employees involved in the project.

 Important Deadlines:

  • Completed applications must be received by March 12, 2014.
  • Winners will be announced April 1, 2014.
  • Projects must be completed by April 2015.

Project Description (One-page, two-sided):

  • Provide an overview of the community need that the tree grant funds will be
         used to address. How will your project/program address specific community

  • What are the specific goals and objectives of this tree planting

  • What's the anticipated community impact that will result from this grant

  • Detail your project/program budget including a description of how tree
         grant funds will be spent.
  • Provide your plan to track the number of UPS employee volunteers involved
         in the project as well as the scope of their engagement.
  • Provide your plan for reaching out/utilizing traditional as well as social media

Supplemental Information (not required):

  • How will other partners such as neighborhood, civic, trade or government groups, businesses as well as schools and youth groups be involved? If relevant, how will any additional funding or in-kind contributions received support the project? 

Reporting Requirements:
Upon completion of the winning projects, affiliates will be required to report on:

1) Number of Trees
2) Type, Size, Caliper and Height of Trees
3) Measurement of Tree Canopies (for projects aimed at reducing CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions)
4) Tree Planting Location and Justification
5) Project Summary 
6) Goals and Intended Outcomes Met
7) Community Impact 
8) Results: Metrics and/or Anecdotal Information
9) Media Outreach 
10) UPS Employee Numbers & Engagement Results















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