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GIANT’s $100K Grant Program Aims to Plant Native Trees

Tax-exempt organizations are eligible to receive these grants.

The GIANT Company, in partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, announced recently that they are launching the 2024 Healing the Planet grant program.

This initiative will provide $100,000 to tax-exempt organizations committed to planting native trees throughout The GIANT Company’s operational areas in Pennsylvania.

GIANT operates a store at Cressona Mall, North Manheim Township, in Schuylkill County.

Courtney Hopcraft, the Manager of Charitable Giving and Community Relations at The GIANT Company, stressed the importance of increasing the tree canopy.

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“Trees play a crucial role in absorbing carbon pollution, protecting watersheds, and improving air quality,” Hopcraft says.

She also expressed excitement about continuing the partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to plant more trees, aiming to enhance community health and environment.

The grant application process is now open and will continue until July 1, 2024, via the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website.

Funding will support various aspects of tree planting projects, including the purchase of native Pennsylvania trees, equipment, and supplies necessary for planting. Projects that promise to plant the most trees will receive priority, with winners to be announced in August.

This is the fourth year that The GIANT Company has partnered with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to offer these grants. Over the past three years, more than $1.1 million has been awarded to 110 different projects.

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Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, emphasized the broader community benefits of the grant program.

“Planting trees not only makes our communities more beautiful but also discourages littering and other negative behaviors, thus enhancing overall community well-being and development,” Reiter says in a statement announcing the grant program.

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