Replanting our Nation’s Forests

Arbor Day Foundation Reforestation

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Arbor Day Foundation reforestation program?
  2. What are the criteria for the program?
  3. How big or how small of a project will the Arbor Day Foundation approve?
  4. What part of a reforestation project are you funding?
  5. How do I know if my proposal, or a portion of my proposal, has been approved?
  6. Can we send in proposals for both spring and fall plantings?
  7. Do you accept proposals for projects on private land?
  8. Can I include expenses other than seedling costs?
  9. How much will the Arbor Day Foundation fund per tree?
  10. How do we document the funding of the proposal once accepted?
  11. How much information should I include on the Request for Proposal (RFP)?
  12. How does the Arbor Day Foundation reimburse us for tree costs?
  13. What should I include in the accomplishment report?
  14. What reporting requirements must I follow for this grant?
  15. Is this a onetime funding, or will we have the opportunity to work with the Arbor Day Foundation in years to come?
What is the Arbor Day Foundation reforestation program? The program helps meet the needs of forests recovering from fire, storms, disease and insect damage and other threats. We have stepped up our outreach and communication to members, the public and other partners to increase financial support for planting trees in our nation's forests. The response we have received is excellent, and we are looking to identify key planting projects that will help make a difference in restoring our nation's forested lands.
What are the criteria for the program?

The standards are based off our program with the national forests. We look for great stories that make a large impact on the environment. The story may include things such as wildlife habitat, fire restoration, recovery from storms, insects, or disease, and watershed restoration.

We ask the party that seeks funding to fill out a Request for Proposal with the specifics of the project. Each proposal is reviewed by the Reforestation Manager, the programs staff, and our corporate partnerships team. We then base our decisions off of our members and corporate partner's needs, the size of the project, the story behind the project, and the cost of the trees. We are looking for diverse projects covering different regions across the country. All parties submitting proposals will be contacted within a given amount of time letting them know whether or not their proposal or a portion of their proposal has been selected. If selected, a letter of agreement will be sent out documenting the details of the funding.

How big or how small of a project will the Arbor Day Foundation approve? Projects accepted for funding will vary greatly. Generally, we are seeking larger scale projects of 50,000 trees or greater although we may end up only funding a portion of a large project. We hope to be able to support a large diversity of projects throughout the nation.
What part of a reforestation project are you funding?

Our support is intended for assistance in planting trees. Contributions will specifically be made to offset the costs of seedlings in reforestation and replanting efforts in state and national forests. There are many associated costs in reforestation efforts, including: site prep, seed collection, contract labor, etc...

By focusing on just seedling cost, we maintain a level of consistency across the country and we will have an easier time comparing the different proposals. Our reforestation program is meant to help plant trees through helping to provide financial support for the expense of seedlings in replanting efforts.

How do I know if my proposal, or a portion of my proposal, has been approved? You will be contacted via phone or email by the Reforestation Manager with the Arbor Day Foundation within 60 days of your proposal.
Can we send in proposals for both spring and fall plantings? Yes. We will accept proposals throughout the calendar year
Do you accept proposals for projects on private land? Yes. Make sure you document within the proposal that the project is on private land and discuss site management practices to insure the trees' health in years to come. We are focusing our attention on public lands and these lands will receive preference over the private land proposals.
Can I include expenses other than seedling costs?

Contributions will specifically be made to offset the costs of seedlings in reforestation and replanting efforts in state and national forests.

There are many associated costs in reforestation efforts, including: site prep, seed collection, contract labor, etc... By focusing on just seedling cost, we maintain a level of consistency across the country and administratively we will have an easier time comparing the different proposals.

How much will the Arbor Day Foundation fund per tree? Tell us in the Request for Proposal (RFP) what the tree cost is for your project. Each proposal will vary in purpose, impact, and cost. Seedling costs will vary, and we will review each proposal independently.
How do we document the funding of the proposal once accepted? Managers of funded projects will receive a letter of agreement which documents details such as planting goals, expectations, reporting, and invoicing.
How much information should I include on the Request for Proposal (RFP)? Please fill out the RFP completely. Comprehensive information, photos, and maps enable us to make an informed decision. Most effective proposals tell a complete story in logical order, illustrating input, output, outcomes and eventual impacts.
How does the Arbor Day Foundation reimburse us for tree costs? Upon completion of the project, simply send the Reforestation Manager an accomplishment report along with an invoice for the previously approved seedling costs. We will then issue a check for those costs.
What should I include in the accomplishment report? Again, more detailed information helps us analyze effectively. We are interested in planting conditions, date of planting, the type of seedlings planted, the number of seedlings planted, photos illustrating these conditions, etc. We then share this information with our funding partners.
What reporting requirements must I follow for this grant? After the project has been funded and planted, the Arbor Day Foundation requests that the project manager send an accomplishment report to the Reforestation Manager within 60 days of project completion. This informal report documents details surrounding the planting and possible attachments.
Is this a onetime funding, or will we have the opportunity to work with the Arbor Day Foundation in years to come? The Arbor Day Foundation prefers to continue effective partnerships beyond 2009. We are committed to helping identify dollars for reforestation efforts for years to come. We view this new and exciting partnership as a substantial opportunity between our foundation and the state forests. We look forward to many years of collaboration with our new partners.