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 parks, gateways, cemeteries, nature trails, libraries, nursing homes, schools and more.
Trees Forever administers and facilitates the program, providing educational and planning support.
Send completed applications, proposal letters and site plans 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|
|Asbury||$2,098||Windbreak and shade trees along north edge of Cloie Creek Park|
|Atlantic||$2,500||25 trees throughout town to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Atlantic Trees Forever|
|Atlantic||$2,000||Partnership for Progress, a mental health facility|
|Burlington||$5,472||Street trees in the public right of way|
|Cedar Rapids||$7,500||Phase 1 of street tree planting in Bowman Lane Neighborhood replacing ash|
|Cedar Rapids||$3,000||Street trees to south and east sides of the Kingston Village apartments|
|Cedar Rapids||$3,375||Shade trees, evergreens, and fruit trees at Water Pollution Control Facility|
|Clinton||$4,557||4th phase of planting street trees along 19th Avenue N/NW|
|Creston||$9,975||High Lakes Outdoor Alliance Shooting Range, Greater Regional Hospital Campus, McKinley Park, and Creston City Waterworks|
|Decorah||$4,000||Street trees in the areas of the city that were hit hardest by the recent windstorm and/or where ash have been removed affected by EAB|
|DeWitt||$6,364||Planting along a new half mile paved trail to connect to the south part of the town to the existing trail at the 100 acre Westbrook Park|
|Drakesville||$1,194||Davis County Freedom Rock|
|Fairfield||$10,000||North Campus Village housing development on the northern edge of Fairfield- planting at entrance, along streets, and in park areas|
|Fairfield||$2,725||North entryway along State Highway 1|
|Fort Madison||$4,150||Newly developed 1812 Battlefield-Memorial Park|
|George||$2,416||Windbreak plantings at new Industrial Park along trail|
|Hiawatha||$4,050||Replacement trees at Boyson & Center Point Road intersections, also the Hiawatha water tower|
|Lansing||$2,354||Street trees along Main Street|
|Marion||$7,040||Street trees along Tower Terrace Road, adjacent to the high school|
|Marshalltown||$2,060||Four city parks|
|Mason City||$9,720||Street trees in south part of town, along the 500-800 blocks of S Washington, S Adams and S Jefferson avenues and the 100-200 blocks of 6th-8th Street SW|
|Massena||$1,928||Heritage Park on Main Street|
|Rudd||$2,040||Rudd Lake Park|
|Scranton||$1,010||Adding trees to City park which is being updated|
|Storm Lake||$9,625||Seneca & Spooner Streets (residential), Abner Bell Wetland Project (educational site) and Bargloff Addition (industrial area)|
|Villisca||$2,974||Enarson School, Villisca City Park, and 5th Street|
|Washington||$3,500||Phase 1 of W 5th St. entryway|
|West Burlington||$9,930||Southeastern Community College campus|