Through Branching Out, your community can work together with Alliant Energy and Trees Forever to fund and implement tree-planting projects.
Celebrating more than two decades of plantings, Branching Out encourages energy efficiency, environmental awareness, and community stewardship in Iowa.
The benefits of trees are many!
- Planting trees provides more shade and cools the air, helping to lower energy costs and reduce peak electric demand.
- The trees planted represent an energy savings of over 14 million kilowatt-hours (kWh). That’s the equivalent of removing 7,800 vehicles from Iowa roads each year.
- Branching Out also helps diversify the tree population, which limits the negative impacts of pests like the Emerald Ash Borer. A diverse urban forest is the best way to ensure resiliency when faced with tree diseases and pests.
Branching Out is offered exclusively to Iowa communities where Alliant Energy provides electric and/or natural gas service. The utility provides grants of $1000 to $10,000 for community-based, tree-planting projects - like schools, libraries, community buildings, streets and more.
Trees Forever administers and facilitates the program, providing educational and planning support.
- Online application (save a tree!) Fill out the online application form on the Trees Forever website. The form resets after a few hours and can’t be saved. Please look over what it asks for in advance, and get those materials ready to go before you start. We recommend typing your answers into a document ahead of time, so you can just copy and paste them into the online form.
- Paper application. Download and complete the paper application form. Mail it, along with the documentation it requests, to:
c/o Branching Out
770 7th Avenue
Marion, Iowa 52302
Grants are awarded two times per year, to coincide with the spring and fall planting seasons.
Proposal letters and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, but are considered only in the next grant-making cycle (spring or fall). Your community may apply and receive funding for multiple projects in a single grant cycle.
|Grant cycle||request deadline||grants announced||funding awarded|
|Spring||November 1||January 15||March 1-31|
|Fall||June 1||August 15||September 1-30|
|community||Money awarded||planting site location|
|Atlantic||$3,030||Schildberg Quarry City Park|
|Blairstown||$1,300||Along streets in residential areas and the park|
|Burlington||$4,457||Along streets in Burlington|
|Calmar||$1,580||Northeast Iowa Community College|
|Cedar Rapids||$4,250||Along the streets in Bowman Lane Neighborhood|
|Cedar Rapids||$5,213||Along the street in Cedar Rapids’ Woodborough neighborhood|
|Cherokee||$6,622||Koser-Spring Lake Park, Gillette Park and Central Park|
|Cresco||$3,500||Along streets in Cresco|
|Creston||$9,900||Greater Regional Hospital, Harmony Cemetery, Southwestern Iowa Community College, High Lakes shooting range, middle and elementary schools|
|Dysart||$1,000||Trail, arboretum, school and park in Dysart|
|Eddyville||$3,000||Central Park, Frog Pond Recreation Area, Merino Avenue and the cemetery|
|Eldora||$1,184||First Baptist Church property on Highway 175|
|Eldora||$1,489||Along Washington Street|
|Ely||$1,745||City park and walking trail|
|Fairfield||$4,316||North entrance to the community along Highway 1|
|Garner||$3,853||Along the 3rd Street entrance into town|
|Greenfield||$1,600||East Elementary school, Adair County Health and Fitness Center and Purdy sports complex, Greenfield Manor, along streets|
|Hiawatha||$1,650||Tucker Park and Guthridge Park|
|Hubbard||$1,000||Along streets in residential area, low-income housing and Hubbard care center|
|Jefferson||$2,500||Madison Street and Perry Street|
|Keokuk||$2,440||High school class service learning project at Rand Park|
|Keosauqua||$9,500||Ferguson Sports Complex|
|Laurens||$2,665||Park and cemetery|
|Lisbon||$2,520||Along street near a historical home and new senior housing development|
|Marble Rock/Floyd Co Conservation||$5,045||Ackley Creek Park|
|Marion||$7,075||Along streets at 35th Street extension|
|Marshalltown||$3,765||Three city parks in Marshalltown - MEGA-10, Timber Creek and Riverview|
|Mason City||$10,000||Along South Monroe, South Madison, 2nd St. SW, 3rd St. SW and 4th St. SW in the SW part of downtown Mason City|
|Moravia||$1,089||City Park and Trussel Park|
|Muscatine||$7,000||Community Dog Park and Westside Trail|
|Muscatine||$10,000||Cedar Street, Mulberry Road and downtown business district|
|New Albin||$1,500||Along streets in New Albin|
|Oelwein||$4,000||Windbreak on north side of Veterans Sports Complex|
|Rudd||$2,240||Trail and camping areas of Rudd Lake Park|
|Storm Lake||$4,500||New park at 10th Street and Ontario Street, park at Russell Street and 5th Street, and golf course|
|Washington||$2,800||Kewash Nature Trail entrance|
|Waukon||$1,500||Along streets and playground area in the City Park|
|West Branch||$9,575||Along streets in new housing developments|