HENA was the proud recipient of a Neighborhood Improvement grant from the City of Longmont for 2017 that enabled us to increase environmental sustainability as well as our community connections.
The grant was in two parts:
- Collaborating with the staff and children of Columbine Elementary School, located right in the heart of the Historic Eastside. It was a day of both education about our local trees and Earth Day celebrations.
2. Replacing dead and dying ash trees.
- We obtained 10 saplings from the city for planting to replace dying ash trees that would not otherwise have been replaced.
- HENA provided 10 free rain-barrels to homeowners who opted in to the project. These rain-barrels were offered in return for the cost and trouble of watering the newly planted saplings in the city right-of-way directly outside their homes.
HENA’s award was for $7,500.
HENA’s in-kind contribution (which included writing and implementing the grant, creating labels for Earth Day, collaborating on Earth Day, buying rain barrels), was valued at $3,300. The project was completed in December 2017.
The grant was written by HENA Co-Chair Dido Clark, working with City Forester Ken Wicklund. A big thank you to Sharon O’Leary for purchasing and distributing the rain-barrels.
Does anyone have suggestions for our Neighborhood Improvement grant application for 2019?
What would you like to do with this grant money if we get it?