Did you know that tree-shaded neighborhoods can be 3 to 6 degrees cooler than treeless ones? Imagine how that could affect your heating and cooling bills. Not to mention the benefits trees have for the environment. We’re excited to share an opportunity for you to bring more trees to your community.

The Alabama Power Foundation is accepting applications for the 2018 Good Roots grant program through June 15 to encourage projects that improve the quality of our environment by planting more trees.

In partnership with the Alabama Urban Forestry Association and the Alabama Forestry Commission, the foundation awards up to $1,000 per grant to help cities, towns, schools and nonprofit organizations plant trees. Good Roots grants help keep communities vibrant by supporting environmental projects.

“Trees don’t just make our communities beautiful, they also improve our health and well-being,” said Myla Calhoun, president of the foundation. “When a community has a functional green space, it has a place for people to exercise and congregate. Green spaces contribute to a town’s sense of community, and we are proud to support those efforts.”

In 2017, 41 grants totaling more than $40,000 were awarded, bringing the all-time Good Roots total to more than $650,000. Nonprofit organizations, schools, cities, towns and communities of any size are invited to apply online for a Good Roots grant.

Good Roots is one of several grant programs funded by the foundation. To apply or learn more about Good Roots and Alabama Power community programs, visit Power of Good.

Another way you can help our environment is through signing up for a green energy plan with Greener State. When you sign up for the Tree plan, your environmental impact is equal to planting 155 trees! 

Since its creation in 1989 with funds donated by shareholders, the Alabama Power Foundation has supported Alabama communities, educational institutions and nonprofits with nonratepayer dollars through more than 20,000 grant and scholarship awards.