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Tree program supports cities and community organizations
DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 30, 2023) – MidAmerican Energy is awarding more than $115,000 in grants to 55 Iowa communities for trees that can help them reduce energy costs.
MidAmerican's "Trees Please!" grant program encourages selecting and strategically planting trees at local public facilities and common areas, including publicly owned properties, schools and community spaces.
When planted strategically, deciduous trees, which are trees with leaves that shed once a year, provide shade in the summer, while evergreens provide windbreaks in the winter.
“Planting the right kind of trees in the right places provides energy efficiency benefits and can help save on energy costs for the community," Erin Rasmussen, MidAmerican director of energy efficiency, said. "In the summer, tree leaves block the sun and shade buildings, which helps keep those buildings cooler. In the winter, properly placed evergreens and shrubs can help block cold winds and reduce heat usage."
Since 1998, MidAmerican has awarded more than $4.5 million in funding for trees.
2023 “Trees Please!” grants
City of Algona: $1,000
City of Allison: $1,000
City of Altoona: $1,000
City of Audubon Park & Recreation: $4,000
Bettendorf Trees Are Us Committee: $2,000
City of Blue Grass: $1,000
City of Bondurant: $2,000
City of Cedar Rapids: $5,000
City of Chatsworth: $1,000
City of Clarinda: $1,000
City of Clarksville: $2,000
Colfax Park & Recreation Auxiliary Board: $2,873
City of Coralville-Parks Division: $3,000
City of Correctionville: $1,000
City of Council Bluffs Parks and Rec. Dept. Horticultural & Grounds Div.: $5,000
City of Davenport: $5,000
City of Denver: $4,000
City of Des Moines Forestry Division: $5,000
City of Dexter: $2,000
City of Early: $1,000
City of Essex: $1,000
City of Fort Dodge: $1,000
City of Gilbertville: $1,000
City of Glenwood: $1,500
City of Granville: $2,000
City of Grimes: $1,000
City of Hiawatha: $4,000
City of Hills: $1,000
Humboldt County Conservation: $1,000
City of Ida Grove: $2,000
Iowa City Forestry Division: $5,000
City of Johnston: $3,000
City of Kingsley: $1,000
City of Le Mars: $1,000
City of Lewis: $1,000
City of Lohrville: $1,000
Marion Tree Board: $3,000
City of Missouri Valley: $1,750
City of Monroe: $1,000
City of Moville: $2,000
City of North Liberty: $1,000
Oskaloosa Trees Forever: $1,000
Pleasantville Betterment Organization: $1,000
Polk City Arbor League: $3,000
City of Riverdale: $1,000
Rock Valley Trees Program: $4,000
City of Ruthven: $1,000
City of Shelby: $1,000
Sheldon Recreational Trail: $1,000
City of Sioux City: $5,000
City of Urbandale: $2,700
City of Varina: $1,000
Waterloo Leisure Services: $5,000
City of Waukee: $980
City of Waverly: $2,000
How to apply for “Trees Please!” grants
In the fall, cities and community organizations can submit grant applications to MidAmerican to be considered for grants of $1,000 or more. The company selects grant recipients based on a project’s merits, benefits to the community and the ability to obtain matching funds.
For more information, go to MidAmerican’s “Trees Please!” page, email or call 800-434-4017.
About MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 813,000 electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 789,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at and company social media channels.