The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

August 23, 2013

Towns get money

The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Alliant Energy will donate money again this year for more trees in Clinton.

The utility, along with Trees Forever, announced Thursday more than $100,000 of grants being awarded to Iowa communities, including $9,947 for trees to be planted at the entryway into Clinton.

DeWitt also will receive money. The program will award $6,345 for a project that will plant trees on a city-owned property on the northeast side of town. The money also will be used toward shade trees along Humeston Road and a wind break on the northwest side of town.

The work will happen this fall.

Alliant Energy provides funding for Branching Out, a nationally recognized program.

It partners with Trees Forever and local community leaders to develop and implement public tree-planting projects. The program supports energy efficiency with strategic planting locations and designs.

“We hope that by investing in tree planting and education, our customers will learn more about the energy efficiency and sustainability benefits trees offer,” Tom Aller, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility, said. “This is one of the ways we are working with our communities and customers to help create a more sustainable future.”

Alliant Energy provides grants of between $1,000 and $10,000 for community-based, tree-planting projects in communities it serves. These can be at parks, community gateways, cemeteries, nature trails, libraries, nursing homes, schools and more.

Trees Forever administers the Branching Out program and provides technical and planning support.

Organizations can submit grant applications anytime. However, funding is only decided during two grant-making cycles — Nov. 1 for spring plantings and June 1 for fall plantings.