Two state programs are offering tree grants to communities to help with tree care, inventory, and pest management and provide hands on opportunities for kids to plant trees in their communities.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will accept 10 communities this year, and 10 communities next year, to provide training on identification, health, inventory, planting and maintenance, benefits of urban trees, and community outreach. Each community will receive a completed street tree inventory, canopy cover analysis, and an urban tree plan.

Grant applications and instructions can be found at Applications are due by September 1.

The second program, Trees For Kids, will pay up to $5,000 in tree and mulch costs to provide educational tree planting demonstrations for adults and youth. The program is designed to provide educational opportunities to Iowa youth by planting trees on school grounds and in other public places. Additional information and grant applications can be found at