Clinton Receives “Green Space Grant”

Clinton is one of twenty cities in the U.S. and Canada are getting a $20,000 boost to be greener as TD Bank Group and the Arbor Day Foundation announced the recipients of the inaugural TD Green Space Grants last Wednesday.

These grants provide each municipality with $20,000 USD to help support green infrastructure development and community green space expansion. TD Bank is funding the grants and the Arbor Day Foundation will administer the program. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

Clinton, South Carolina was one of the ten cities awarded the 2019 TD Green Space Grant. Rock Hill was a second South Carolina city receiving the grant this year. Other US cities ranged from two cities in Florida and others in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Canadian cities included Toronto, Montreal and smaller cities from British Columbia to the Atlantic Maritime provinces.

This year’s program theme is Innovations in Park-Based Green Infrastructure. To be eligible for a grant, qualified municipalities must be within TD Bank’s footprint in the United States and Canada. Priority is given to projects occurring in underserved communities. The first TD Green Space projects and community engagement events will take place between June and October.

The TD Green Space Grants program is part of The Ready Commitment, which aims to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy with a target of CDN $100b by 2030 through lending, financing, asset management and other programs.

Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, said, “A healthier tree canopy in our cities and towns produces clear benefits for community residents — including improved air quality, captured carbon emissions, and enhanced quality of life.”

The TD Green Space program replaces TD Green Streets, a similar program that was focused on urban forestry. Clinton received an award from that program last year.