Our Plant for the Planet program is modeled after the United Nations Environment Program's (UNEP) Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign. The purpose of UNEP's tree-planting effort is to bring individuals, communities and businesses together to collectively plant over one billion trees worldwide each year. Similarly, LG&E and KU's program is designed to encourage nonprofit organizations and local government agencies with a record of successful tree planting to continue their efforts. The company has designated up to $75,000 each year toward this initiative.
LG&E and KU offer one-year grants of $500 to $5,000 for urban, suburban or rural projects in forests and parks, along parkways or roadways that meet program objectives. Applicants must demonstrate that mature trees resulting from their efforts will not interfere with utility lines.
Grant applications will be accepted through our online grant portal. All applications and corresponding documentation must be submitted electronically through the portal. The next application period for Community Grants will reopen October 1, 2021 and close October 30, 2021.
Going forward, Community Grant applications will be accepted in February, June, and October. Award notifications will be sent approximately two months after each application period.