Looking for assistance to plant and care for trees in your community?
Get started with Financing Urban Tree Canopy Programs: Guidebook for Local Governments in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (Environmental Finance Center of the University of Maryland/Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay).
This guidebook covers:
– Strategies to build the case for sufficiently and sustainably funding a local urban forestry program;
– A range of funding sources that may be available for urban forestry program implementation; and
– Opportunities to reduce program costs so that limited public dollars can stretch as far as possible.
See the guidebook or below for some of the main state and regional programs that can help support your urban forestry efforts. For local programs and contacts, try looking up your community on our Home Page map. Remember, trees are an approved Best Management Practice for helping to meet the Chesapeake TMDL, so look more broadly to the wide array of local, state, and federal programs aimed at water quality, watershed restoration, and green infrastructure.
This article provides a good starting point for identifying local funding strategies for communities to make progress on tree canopy goals.
Delaware Forest Service offers tree planting grants to communities within the Chesapeake Bay watershed portion of the state.
Through a federal grant, the Delaware Forest Service offers up to $40,000 each year to communities throughout the state for tree planting, tree care, and tree management projects on publicly owned lands.
The Trust’s grant-making strategies are shaped by three core objectives; environmental education, demonstration-based restoration, and community engagement.
The Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee Grants program helps community groups fund tree planting and education projects on public lands in parks, metropolitan areas, cities or towns.
TREE-MENDOUS MARYLAND, a program of the Maryland Forest Service, remains one of our most popular programs aimed at helping citizens restore tree cover on public land and community open space in Maryland.
Marylanders Plant Trees was launched to encourage citizens and organizations to partner with the State to plant new trees and gives citizens $25 off the purchase of a native tree at 86 participating nurseries across the State.
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development.
Working in partnership with government agencies and private corporations, NFWF’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund awards $8 million to $12 million per year through two competitive grant programs and directed technical assistance.
NYDEC is committed to providing support and assistance to communities in comprehensive planning, management, and education to create healthy urban and community forests through its Cost Share Grant program.
TreeVitalize’s mission is to help restore tree cover, educate citizens about planting trees as an act of caring for our environment and build capacity among local governments to understand, protect and restore their urban trees.
Virginia Trees for Clean Water program, developed by VDOF, is designed to improve water quality across the Commonwealth through on-the-ground efforts to plant trees and support long-term, sustained canopy cover.
The Tree Steward Mini-Grant program is intended to help Virginia’s Tree Steward groups fulfill their urban forestry support to their communities.
The Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program is designed to encourage projects that promote tree planting and care, education, and the protection and enhancement of urban and community forests.
CTree and its partners invite organizations and agencies to apply for CTree kits to organize, coordinate, and implement urban tree plantings through a competitive grant process.