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Plant a Tree, Grant a Tree Application

  1. Fishers is committed to preserving the natural beauty and quality of life in our community. An important part of this effort is planting trees, which enhance the natural aesthetics, increase property values, and benefit the environment.

  2. Fishers accepts applications for its Plant a Tree, Grant a Tree Program, which awards funds to neighborhoods, non-profits, and homeowners within city limits as an incentive to plant trees and enhance the beauty of the community (see application for more program details).

  3. The annual application deadline is posted on the Fishers website (http://www.fishers.in.us). Applicants are eligible for up to a 50% match from Fishers.

  4. The purpose of this grant program is to provide the applicants that qualify within city limits an incentive to plan and complete tree planting projects. These projects are aimed at improving the natural landscape along town roadways, and are intended to enhance the beauty and sustainability of our community. While many areas are acceptable for application, Fishers is mainly interested in providing grants for projects that are along roadway corridors rather than entrances to neighborhoods. This is in a effort to beautify the areas that lack trees between the road and the house or buildings.

  5. Tree planting projects shall be located on the perimeter of neighborhoods (i.e. not interior neighborhood streets) such that trees are planted along city roadways. The intended area for tree planting projects is common neighborhood property and/or a private homeowner's property as long as the project is adjacent to the right-of-way and serves to enhance the natural aesthetic of the roadway. Tree planting projects shall not be situated within the public right-of-way.

  6. Applicants must submit a completed application including a map clearly demonstrating the space where trees will be planted. The review committee will review all applications and make recommendations to the City Council for funding. Those applicants that are approved will be notified. After completion of the project, the applicant must submit a request for reimbursement and proof of completion to obtain the approved funding.

  7. (1) Priority is given to projects which are expected to have the greatest positive effect on Fishers. The target groups for this grant are Fishers neighborhoods.

  8. (2) This grant will be a matching grant and will require that a neighborhood association, homeowners association, dues paying neighborhood organization, non-profit, or individual homeowner participate in a portion of the project funding. The amount awarded will be paid directly to the applicant. Applicants do not need to have an Internal Revenue Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Subdivisions, as opposed to entire developments, must apply individually. However, if a project(s) exists that would benefit several neighborhoods; then the respective applicants may apply in a joint application taking care to specify that such is a joint application.

  9. (3) Grants are given for specific purposes and will not be awarded to provide annual operating expenses. The dollars are to be used towards costs of a project which involves design, construction or tree planting costs. If a grant is funded, the applicant must wait for a period of not less than two years to reapply for funding. Projects which have not been funded in the past will be given priority.

  10. (4) Grants will be competitive and will be awarded on the basis of quality of the project.

  11. (5) Grants are made with the understanding that Fishers is in no way obligated to provide further financial assistance to ensure that a project is completed.

  12. (6) Fishers will disburse the awarded amount to the organization (not the contractor) upon proof of payment of the organization’s cost and proof of completion of the project. To provide proof of payment, please submit all substantiating documentation in this regard such as paid receipts, cancelled checks, bank statements showing payment, etc. To provide proof of completion you will need to submit photos of the completed work. Finally, to receive your reimbursement check you must include the mailing address. All this information must be sent to Fishers Parks & Recreation at 11565 Brooks School Road, Fishers, IN 46037, or parks@fishers.in.us. The request for reimbursement and proof of project completion must be made by November 1st of the same year that you received your matching grant.

  13. (7) Grant project funding may not exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. If the funding from Fishers and the portion provided for by the receiving applicant is not sufficient to complete the project, then the receiving applicant is responsible for raising the difference. The intent of this grant is not to completely fund projects, but to assist with as many projects as possible throughout the community.

  14. Tree Matching Grant applicants must meet program criteria or their application will be rejected. In reviewing grant applications, Fishers gives careful consideration to:

  15. (1) The potential impact of the grant and the benefit from the project.

  16. (2) An imaginative and creative approach to enhancing the beauty of Fishers corridors.

  17. (3) The extent of local support and involvement in the project.

  18. (4) Consideration of other properties that are adjoining/bordering/in close proximity with properties that were previously funded projects (after the program's inception in 2000).

  19. (5) The commitment and capacity of the applicant to carry out the program or project and to give an accounting of how the money was spent.

  20. (6) The applicant’s fiscal responsibility and management qualifications.

  21. (7) The amount of matching dollars that the applicant has and is willing to contribute.

  22. (8) The ability of the organization to see the project through to completion.

  23. The evaluation process will be conducted by the Mayor or designee(s). The administration of the project will remain with the Administration Department. The evaluation will be scored on a 100 point system, being divided into the following three categories:

  24. (1) Project Need – This will be an evaluation of how much the project is needed (50 points possible).

  25. (2) Community Enhancement – How well the project improves the aesthetic of the roadway and quality of life in the community and subdivision (25 points possible).

  26. (3) Overall Community Impact – How the project affects the whole community. The project’s consistency with existing development guidelines for the community (25 points possible).

  27. Write "Individual' if you are an individual. If you are an individual you may be required to confidentially provide your social security number at a later date.

  28. Not to exceed 50% of the total project costs.

  29. Map should show location of proposed project, and location of trees

  30. Budget should include a detailed breakdown of all costs and revenues providing a justification for amount requested (must be in spreadsheet form)

  31. By checking the box below and hitting submit you are acknowledging the truthfulness of your answers and further certifying that checking the box counts as an electronic signature. Your electronic signature is considered legally binding the same as signing your physical signature by hand (IC 26-2-8).

  32. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Fishers Parks & Recreation at (317) 595-3150 or via email at parks@fishers.in.us.

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