2024 Communities Caring for Canopy Grants

Communities Caring for Canopy grants provide seed funding to help communities and organizations develop and sustain programs towards the advancement of urban and community trees and forests.  These grants allow for multiple program components to be merged into one grant application

Planting trees


  • $70,000 available
  • $5,000 minimum award, $20,000 maximum
  • 1:1 cost-share requirement
  • Applications due January 5th, 2024
  • Projects must be completed by October 31st, 2025
  • Eligibility: statewide (see UCF Grants Eligibility Map)

2024 Communities Caring for Canopy Grant Overview



Municipalities, public educational institutions, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply. Projects may occur anywhere in Vermont.

Eligible Project Components

Projects must relate to urban and community forestry in public ways and places as defined in 24 V.S.A. ยง 2501a or at public educational institutions, take place in Vermont, and may consist of one or more of the following program components:

  • Tree planting
  • Tree nursery establishment
  • Tree maintenance
  • Removal of trees in public ways and places that pose a risk to public safety
  • Tree inventory activities
  • Plan development
  • Pest and disease preparedness efforts
  • Public outreach
  • Staff or tree warden training
  • Program development


Grant Category Information

This document contains all relevant information to support applications for this category.

Grant Overview


Use the new common grant application form to apply to all three of the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program's 2024 grant categories.

We recommend using the grant application worksheet below to develop your application and transfer your answers into the online application form.

Applications cannot be saved or restarted once in the form application. Use the grant application worksheet to develop, edit, and save your work.

Grant Application Worksheet (Word doc)

Grant Application Worksheet (fillable PDF)

When your application ready to be submitted, transfer your answers in the grant application form.

Grant Application Form

Additional Documents & Guidance



For more information or assistance, contact the VT UCF staff listed below.

Helpful Resources

  • Lois Frey and Sue Johnson at the Johnson Arboretum

    Lois Frey and Sue Johnson at the Johnson Arboretum

  • Tree planting in Rockingham

    Tree planting in Rockingham