Albany Tree Planting & Urban Forestry Funding from TD Bank

St Rose students and employees, TD bank staff, city employees helping plant trees Lisa Thomsom
St. Rose students and employees, TD Bank staff, and City of Albany employees planted trees around Albany’s Hoffman Park in October 2015. Photo by Lisa Thomson

Savvy community forestry programs are always on the lookout for funding opportunities. One avenue is through two urban forestry related programs of TD Bank: TD Tree Days, and TD Green Streets. Through TD Tree Days, City of Albany Forester Tom Pfeiffer and College of St. Rose Instructor and Science Education Problem-Based Learning Coordinator Mary Cosgrove received a grant from TD Bank to plant 30 trees in Albany around Hoffman Park. TD Bank volunteers and students and staff from St. Rose, guided by Pfeiffer and his crew from the City of Albany, planted the trees on October 27, 2015.

Tom Pfeiffer teaches about proper planting depth Lisa Thomson
Albany City Forester Tom Pfeiffer demonstrated proper planting depth to volunteers. Photo by Lisa Thomson

How do TD Tree Days grants get awarded? TD Bank Katie Thiemann AVP and Community Relations Program Manager says, “Each year we work with local market contacts throughout our whole retail footprint to decide which areas we would like to host a TD Tree Days project in. We then work with the Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) who reaches out to their members within that market to submit a proposal.”

Specifically, Alliance for Community Trees, which is now a part of ADF, handles the TD Tree Days connections. For this and many other reasons, it’s a good thing to be a member of Alliance for Community Trees. If they should contact you about a TD Tree Days opportunity, you would then do a simple online proposal, as was the case for Pfeiffer and Cosgrove.

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TD Bank staff get into tree planting, with Albany City Forester Tom Pfieffer. Photo by Lisa Thomson

The second TD Bank grant program is TD Green Streets. Although the submission period is closed right now, TD Green Streets is a means for eligible municipalities to apply for a grant up to $20,000 to increase their urban canopy. More information can be found here. A new application will launch in Oct/Nov 2016, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and College of St. Rose President Carolyn Stefanco joined the planting day festivities. Photo by Lisa Thomson
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan (left) and College of St. Rose President Carolyn Stefanco (center) joined the planting day festivities. Photo by Lisa Thomson

 

 

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