TreeUtah’s Community Tree Planting grant program is designed to provide financial, logistical, and volunteer support for community tree planting projects outside the urban Wasatch Front. Because of scarce economic resources or limited access to tree resources and expertise, many people in Utah’s rural cities and towns find it difficult to plant trees each year. This program aims to help communities to plant trees on publicly accessible land with the help of local volunteers. In addition to awarded funds for purchasing trees, TreeUtah staff will physically participate and help community volunteers to plant the trees. Ultimately, this program serves to promote awareness and appreciation for the many social, environmental, and health benefits that trees provide.
Any local government (county, city, town, or neighborhood council), non-profit, community group, or public school may apply for grant funding. In addition, all tree planting projects must be proposed for areas outside the Wasatch Front in order to be considered. This area generally excludes the urban areas within Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah Counties. All projects must be planted on publicly accessible areas or in urban green spaces with assistance and consultation from TreeUtah staff. Moreover, all projects should have a long-term (up to three years) plan for watering and maintenance.
FUNDING AND GRANT DETAILS:
The maximum grant request for each project is $1,500, although awarded grants normally average $1,000. Funds are only to be used for the purchase of trees. Grant awards are not meant to cover a group’s total project budget, but rather are designed to supplement the costs of a project. We require a 1:1 grant match, so the monetary value of your matching contributions must be equal to — or greater than — your request from us. Matching contributions may include the purchase and installation of irrigation systems, time spent planning and preparing for the planting project, and/or volunteer or staff time spent attending the workshop and planting the trees. Monetary value of volunteer time may be calculated at $22.14 per hour, or you may substitute more accurate figures if they are obtainable.
TreeUtah staff is happy to help you determine the most appropriate trees for your situation and Utah’s climate. However we prefer that you purchase trees that can be easily managed and planted by hand with volunteers. For this grant program we no longer fund trees that are larger than 2” caliper, because their weight requires machinery that generally excludes volunteer participation.
Applications must be received no later than March 1st, 2017. All awarded projects must be completed no later than June 30, 2017. Applicants whose projects are not selected during this cycle may reapply for the Fall 2016 grant cycle.
All applications must be submitted by email and must include:
1) Completed 2017spring_TreeUtah Grant Application
2) Photos of your proposed planting site and surrounding landscape features. (Email in JPG format. No photos larger than 1.5MB. Usually around 5 photos is sufficient)
3) A map of the proposed planting site with proposed trees placed in the landscape.
You may call us at 801.364.2122 if you have any questions.