Caring for Canopy Grants

We offer annual grants to support the development of sustainable urban and community forestry programs at the local level. This funding should be considered seed money to help communities care for tree canopy and foster tree stewardship by taking the necessary actions to develop and sustain a community‐wide tree program. These grants allow for multiple program components (e.g., tree planting, tree inventory, tree maintenance, plan development, public outreach, and program development) to be merged into one grant application for ease and flexibility.

$40,000 will be available for 2017

Applications are due April 14th.

2017 Caring for Canopy Grants Overview


Please be sure you fully open the application before you begin filling it out (depending on your browser, you may need to download it completely). When finished, click on “Submit Your Application”.  A small window should pop up labeled “Send Email”.

If you do not get the new window “Send Email” and complete the last steps it calls for, you have not actually submitted your application.

If you have any doubts as to whether your application has been submitted or would like a different format, please send a separate email to, giving Jenny your town’s name, and she will email you back and let you know.

2017 Caring for Canopy Application 

2017 Caring for Canopy Mini-Grant Application

If you have questions, let us know.

Grant Categories

There are two grant categories:

1) the Caring for Canopy
2) the Canopy Mini.

An applicant may only apply for one grant per year, i.e., one Canopy for Canopy or one Canopy Mini grant proposal. 

Caring for Canopy

The Caring for Canopy grant category is for projects focused on helping a community move their tree management program towards a sustained level. This could include street and park tree inventories; management, protection, and streetscape plan development; public policy development; training opportunities for staff and volunteers; tree planting; and tree maintenance.

Grants range from $500 to $5,000 and require a 50–50 match; total project cost range at least $1,000–$10,000.

Canopy Mini

The Canopy Mini grant category is for smaller projects that a community wants to accomplish to help them move their tree management program forward. This could include Arbor Day activities, tree purchase, training opportunities, promotional material, equipment, or reference materials. 

Grants are up to $500 and require a 50–50 match; total project cost of at least $1,000.  

Helpful Resources

Learn about & look up your D-U-N-S number

Vermont Tree Selection Guide

Vermont Tree Selection Tool 

Cornell: Recommended Urban Trees

Right Tree Right Place

Planning to Purchase a Tree: Tree Planting and Establishment

Protecting Your Investment

Pruning Young Trees

Pruning Mature Trees

Trees and Stormwater

Main Streets to Green Streets