Global ReLeaf Online Application Guide
Welcome to our user guide on how to create and navigate our online Global ReLeaf application tool. The guide is broken into three main sections, so please select the section you need help with below to get started.
CREATE A LOGIN: Create your username and password at http://www.americanforests.org/login. You will receive an automated confirmation e-mail once your information has been verified.
ACCESS APPLICATION: Visit http://www.americanforests.org/our-programs/global-releaf-projects/alcoa-nominations/ to access the online application page. Enter your login information to sign in.
CREATING AN APPLICATION: Click “Add a New Grant Application” to begin your online application.
SAVING: You may save your application at any time — without submitting the application — throughout the application process. To do so, please click the “Save Draft” button at the bottom left-hand corner of any of the application page screens.
DELETING YOUR APPLICIATION: If at any time you wish to delete your online application, you may click the “Delete Application” button near the bottom right-hand corner of any of the application page screens.
MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS: If you wish to submit multiple projects for grant funding, you may add additional applications by using the main application menu that appears when you first log in and visit http://www.americanforests.org/our-programs/global-releaf-projects/global-releaf-nomination. Click “Add a New Grant Application” in the middle of the page at any time to add new applications to your account. If at any time you would like to quickly navigate to the main application menu page, please click the “Back to Menu” button at the bottom right-hand corner of any of the application page screens. Please note that each proposal will be given a unique ID number, so multiple proposals will show differing numbers.
Once you create an application, you will be transferred to a page with four tabs: “Basic Information,” “Project Details,” “Additional Information” and “Attachments.” During the application process, you can navigate throughout these sections by simply clicking on each tab you wish to work within. You may also navigate by clicking the “Next Page” or “Prior Page” buttons on each page.
BASIC INFORMATION TAB: Please carefully fill out each of the requested fields for the “Basic Information” tab. Be aware that there are two separate sections within this tab — “Basic Project Information” and “Organizational Information” — and both need to be completed for consideration of your application.
- CONTACTS: Within the “Basic Information” tab, the default is two contacts for your project: a project contact and the contact information for your organization’s financial officer. However, American Forests strongly recommends adding a secondary project contact to your application. To do so, please click the “Show Secondary Contact” link, and fill out the requested information for your contact.
PROJECT DETAILS TAB: You will be required to fill out three sections under the “Project Details” tab: “Additional Project Information,” “Project Activities and Goals,” and “Grant Narrative.” Please assure that you save as you work throughout the application process, but especially as you work within these writing-intensive fields. Additionally, please pay careful attention to the specifications and length suggestions (if any) for each field.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TAB: This tab lists each of the 10 documents your organization must submit as part of this online application, and also contains an online form that you must use to provide us with your organization’s project budget. Only the budget will need to be filled out within this page.
- BUDGET: Please have your financial officer fill out the requested fields in the budget table on the “Additional Information” tab page. The budget totals will be automatically calculated for you. If you wish, you may also view and submit your budget in a user-friendly PDF form by clicking the “Save as PDF” button underneath your budget table. Also, don’t forget to complete the “Project Expense as a Percentage of Total Budgeted Expenses” field, which can be found below the budget table. Once all fields are complete, please have your financial officer electronically sign the budget in the appropriate line to assure American Forests that they have reviewed and approved your budget.
ATTACHMENTS TAB: All financial and organizational documents and project pictures should be uploaded via the “Attachments” tab. Please carefully review each of the required documents within “Additional Information” tab to assure that all 10 requested items, plus pictures/maps of your site, have been included. Please note that you will be asked with each attachment if you wish to allow American Forests to use the attachment on our website. American Forests recognizes that, most likely, this function would only be applicable to pictures, map files and other communications materials.
VIEWING ALL WORK: If you would like to check over your application in its entirety before submission, please click the “Show All Data” button on the bottom left-hand side of the screen.
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION: Once finished and reviewed for completion, please electronically sign your application by filling in your name and the date at the bottom of any of the application page screens. Once this step is complete, you may click the “Submit Application” button at the bottom of any of the application page screens. Once you click “Submit Application,” click “OK” to confirm that you are ready to submit. Please note that you will no longer be able to edit your application once it has been submitted, so make sure that your application is finalized before choosing this option.
If you are experiencing problems accessing or submitting the online application at any time, please email Megan Higgs at firstname.lastname@example.org with your question. An alternative format for the application may be made available to you if initial troubleshooting does not resolve your application issues.