American Transmission Co.

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Pollinator Habitat Program 2022

Submission process: Accepting application June 1 through Sept. 30

Enhancing pollinator habitat in your community

ATC’s program supports smart, safe planting and pollinator habitat

Trees and vegetation are among the feature that make communities special places for residents and visitors. American Transmission Co. offers two ways for applicants to create and enhance green spaces. Both our Community Planting Program and Pollinator Habitat Program are part of ATC’s Grow Smart® initiative, which advocates for and provides suggestions of low-growing, compatible vegetation that can be planted adjacent to and within transmission rights-of-way. Awards range from $100 to $5,000.

Applications are accepted June 1 through Sept. 30 each year. Recipients will be selected by the end of the calendar year. If applying for both the Community Planting and Pollinator Habitat Programs, please submit separate applications. Eligible applicants may only submit one application per program annually. ATC reserves the right to discontinue either of these programs at any time.

ATC’s Pollinator Habitat Program encourages planting low-growing, native flowering perennials within the transmission rights-of-way. This type of compatible vegetation can thrive within transmission rights-of-way, making utility corridors ideal for pollinators who benefit from the right-of-way space as a contiguous flight path.

Once established, the native, flowering vegetation also beautifies the right-of-way and provide exception habitat for other species. Sustainable rights-of-way also help minimize ATC’s long-term vegetation management* activities, which are needed to help keep the transmission system safe and reliable.

ATC’s Grow Smart® program offers suggestions for appropriate vegetation to plant within the right-of-way, though other species can be considered depending on the planting space. Visit for details.

*ATC will continue to maintain the rights-of-way through our vegetation management program, which may affect pollinator planting projects.

Pollinator Habitat Program eligibility

Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and entities that allow public access to ATC rights-of-way (e.g., nature preservice, nonprofits or public land managers) within ATC’s service area are eligible to apply for financial support of pollinator habitat projects. Funding covers the cost of site preparations; purchasing seed, plugs or plants; labor and installation; or other actives to establish quality pollinator habitat. The number of pollinator habitat projects funded each year varies based on program funding levels, number of entrees and size of awards. Projects should be within or directly adjacent to ATC’s transmission rights-of-way.

How it works

To be considered for funding, plans must meet program criteria and adhere to ATC’s vegetation maintenance standards. Priority will favor projects that promote right-of-way best management practices by keeping trees out of the right-of-way and planting only low-growing, native perennials in the right-of-way. ATC will not support plans that violate ATC’s maintenance standards, including those that call for trees to be planted within a transmission line right-of-way.


If you have questions about the Pollinator Habitat Program, please contact:
Johanna Sievewright
(262) 832-8699