Cover of Financing Urban Tree Canopy Programs: Guidebook for Local Governments in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 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.

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Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Grants

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.

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Chesapeake Bay Trust Grants

The Trust’s grant-making strategies are shaped by three core objectives; environmental education, demonstration-based restoration, and community engagement.

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Tree-Mendous Maryland

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.

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Marylanders Plant Trees

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.

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NFWF Urban Waters Restoration Grants

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.

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NFWF Chesapeake Grants

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.

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NY Urban & Community Forestry Grants

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.

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Pennsylvania TreeVitalize Grants

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.

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Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants

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.

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Delaware: Greening through Grants

Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is raising the standard when it comes to engaging diverse constituents in tree planting and care.

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Virginia Tree Steward Mini-Grants

The Tree Steward Mini-Grant program is intended to help Virginia’s Tree Steward groups fulfill their urban forestry support to their communities.

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Virginia Urban & Community Forestry Grants

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.

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West Virginia CommuniTree Grants

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.