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.
- See our list of recommended tree species.
Branching Out is offered to Iowa communities where Alliant Energy provides service. We provide grants of up to $5,000 per community for community-based, tree-planting projects like schools, libraries and community buildings and streets.
Projects must provide energy-saving benefits to the community.
Trees Forever administers and facilitates the program, providing educational and planning support.
- Online application (save a tree!) Fill out the on the Trees Forever website.
- 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 once per year. You can submit your application at any time, however, and we’ll hold onto it until the grant cycle opens.
|Planting dates||Application deadline||grants announced||funding awarded|
|June 1, 2020||August 1, 2020||August 1-30, 2020|
|Anytime in 2021||November 1, 2020||February 1, 2021||April 1-30, 2021|
|community||Money awarded||planting site location|
||$3,800.00||Street trees, trees near buildings at the athletic field to replace ash trees
||$3,832.00||Planting at the City Hall and on the new city property near buildings|
||$1,485.00||Planting at Ledges State Park campground near buildings
||$2,839.00||Planting at Northeast Iowa Community College
||$1,650.00||Planting near the new Nature Center and parking area|
||$1,000.00||Planting around the Hawkeye Area Council Boy Scout Camp dining hall|
||$4,703.60||Planting at Clinton County Administration Building and Law Center|
||$2,000.00||Planting around the buildings at Carson Chin Baptist Church
||$2,500.00||Street trees, continuing to replace Ash trees
||$5,000.00||Plantings at the hospital, school, McKinley Park and fairground buildings
||$1,600.00||Planting at the Sunflower Child Development Center in Decorah|
||$500.00||Plantings at the middle school, street trees
||$1,000.00||Windbreaks and street trees
||$3,000.00||Planting around buildings at the KD Center, street trees
||$3,828.00||Replacing trees lost to windstorm last year, street trees|
||$1,000.00||Planting near the Hubbard Care Center and around the new medical center, street trees
|Lisbon||$3,800.00||Replacing Ash trees on Main Street
|Marion||$5,000.00||Street tree along both sides of 44th St from 29th Avenue South to McGowan Blvd.
|Marshalltown||$5,000.00||Replace trees lost in 2018 tornado, street trees
||$2,500.00||Planting at public building, street trees|
||$1,325.00||Replacing storm-damaged and diseased street trees
||$500.00||Replacing storm-damaged and diseased street trees
||$1,000.00||Planting at Rudd Campground
||$1,807.00||Planting at the elementary school
||$4,200.00||Planting at Lutheran Lakeside Camp, replacing Ash trees
||$1,500.00||Planting around buildings in the park, windbreak
||$1,640.00||Planting at public campground, windbreak
||$250.00||Plantings in the public North Park campground
||$3,280.00||Planting at Washington High School
||$5,000.00||Street trees in the ROW
||$5,000.00||Project at Southeastern Community College