The Go Green Youth Challenge was a program that engaged Michigan youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning through a statewide effort to plant trees in Michigan. Children, pre-K through 12th grade, were challenged to collect coins, as an individual, classroom or club, from January - April. The coins collected fund community tree plantings and program outreach.
Sadly, the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance chose to discontinue the Go Green Youth Challenge program in 2016. However, the tree planting grant program remains! It will now simply be called the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant.
These grants are available to local units of government, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments.
Tree planting sites include cities and towns, school yards and conservation areas such as stream bank stabilization and habitat restoration. Through a survey, participants can provide input on where trees should be planted throughout Michigan.
Michigan Arbor Day Alliance would like to thank everyone who participated including the sponsors, ITC Holdings, Lansing Board of Water & Light, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.
The 2017 grant cycle is closed. Thank you for your interest.
Grant awards will be announced soon.
Missed it? Check back in 2018!
Grant Application - pdf
Fillable Forms Grant Application - pdf (download required)
*Actual signature required on application. Electronic signatures are NOT accepted.*
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In 2013, the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance partnered with WKAR for a special Earth Day pledge drive. A portion of the money received on Earth Day 2013 was donated to the Go Green Youth Challenge Program, which make our tree planting grants possible. WKAR produced a short video promoting planting trees which can be viewed below.