Time to apply for Alabama Power Foundation tree grants

BIRMINGHAM – The Alabama Power Foundation, in partnership with the Alabama Urban Forestry Association (AUFA), is accepting applications for the 2010 Community Forestry Project.


The Community Forestry Project is open to local governments, nonprofit groups, and public and private schools, colleges and universities. Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded. In addition, the foundation will award $4,000 in Gateway Grants to communities across the state to develop and/or enhance their gateways or welcome-sign areas.


Applications must be postmarked by Aug. 31, 2010. Winners will be notified no later than Oct. 28, 2010.


The foundation has awarded more than $566,000 in tree grants to more than 600 cities, counties, schools and community groups. Grants have been used to buy thousands of trees for planting in community parks, along roadways and on school grounds, among other sites.


“We’re delighted to continue our partnership with the Alabama Urban Forestry Association through the Community Forestry Project,” said Leigh Davis Perry, president, Alabama Power Foundation. “This program is directly responsible for enhancing quality of life, the environment and for protecting natural resources in local communities throughout Alabama.”  


For more information about the grant program, or to obtain an application via mail, call the Alabama Power Foundation at 205-257-2508. Information and applications are available online at www.alabamapowerfoundation.com.  For more information about AUFA, log on to www.aufa.com.

Media contact: Keisa Sharpe 205-257-4155 or ksharpe@southernco.com