Thursday, August 26, 2021

Plymouth, Westland each awarded DTE community grants

The cities of Westland and Plymouth were among 26 Michigan communities and organizations to receive grants funded by DTE to plant trees, enhance communities and protect water quality.

Grants totaling $92,500 will fund the purchase and planting of trees along streets and in parks and other public spaces. The funding, from a program sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation and administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan, ranged is size from $1,800 to $4,000.

“The DTE Energy Foundation looks forward to seeing this year's seedlings become catalysts for environmental change statewide,” said Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “That's why our foundation continues to support tree plantings and other initiatives that protect our air, land and water in communities across the state.”

The group, Keep Plymouth Leafy, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of neighbors committed to positively enhancing the leafy, tree-lined character of the city streets and parks, will receive $4,000 from the program while the City of Westland was awarded $2,250. 

An annual request for proposals goes out each spring; the next opportunity to apply is in late April 2022, DTE officials said.