Global ReLeaf Project Criteria

Global ReLeaf provides cost-share grants for restoration tree-planting projects conducted by nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the U.S. and around the world. These grants are expected to be strongly leveraged with other funds and in-kind resources. Grant funds may be used to support a variety of activities associated with restoration tree planting (e.g. seedling acquisition, site preparation, transportation, equipment and supplies, contractors and volunteer organizing).

Please review the criteria below in determining whether to submit and how best to complete the Global ReLeaf Grant Application. We encourage you to use these criteria as a reference for completing your application, particularly the Grant Narrative section. Applications that are completed fully and thoughtfully will be given the strongest consideration.

Proposals must be submitted by non-profit organizations or public agencies that have expertise and experience in conducting tree planting projects.

In addition to the criteria below, applications submitted through the Alcoa Foundation Partnership for Trees program must include:

  • Coordination with a contact at your local Alcoa plant.
  • At least one volunteer planting event with Alcoa employees.

Submit your Alcoa Foundation Partnership for Trees application here.

Projects must be conducted on:

    • Public lands designated for long-term conservation purposes.
    • Private lands with credible assurance of long-term conservation uses (e.g. conservation easement), management capacity and public access.

Projects should:

    • Be conducted on sites that have been damaged or degraded by natural or human causes (e.g. wildfire, hurricanes, tornadoes, insects and disease, unsustainable logging, land clearing, mineral extraction).
    • Be designed to help restore environmental and societal benefits through restoration tree planting (e.g. water quality and quantity, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, non-timber forest products).
    • Plant a diversity of tree species native to the area.
    • Be supervised by individuals with credible expertise in tree planting, care and long-term maintenance.
    • Include plans for:
      • Providing photo images of project sites before and after tree planting.
      • Collecting data (e.g. survival and growth rates) on tree planting success upon project completion and after one and five years.
      • Measuring progress toward restoration goals or desired outcomes.
  • Build local partnerships among multiple public and private organizations.
  • Engage local volunteers in tree planting, long-term tree care and project-monitoring activities.
  • Promote project visibility through educational and media outreach, tours and other events related to the tree-planting project.
  • Demonstrate strong leverage of local support (funding and in-kind) to achieve a greater number of trees planted with the grant funds.


Critical Issues