2023 Communities Caring for Canopy Grants

Communities Caring for Canopy grants provide seed funding to help communities develop and sustain community-wide programs for trees and forests in public places and right-of-ways.  These grants allow for multiple program components (e.g., tree planting, tree maintenance, tree inventory, plan development, emerald ash borer or other pest preparedness, public outreach, staff training, and program development) to be merged into one grant application. 

2023 Communities Caring for Canopy Grants

Applications due Friday, December 30th, 2022

Available Funds

Grant awards will be between $1,000 and $5,000, for a total of $30,000 in 1:1 cost-share grants available in 2023.  These funds will be distributed through a competitive grant review and selection process. 

Eligible Project Components

Projects must relate to urban and community forestry in public ways and places as defined in 24 V.S.A. § 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 maintenance
  • Removal of public ash trees
  • Tree inventory
  • Plan development
  • Emerald ash borer or other pest preparedness
  • Public outreach
  • Staff or tree warden training
  • Program development

Grant Documents

Grant Overview 

Grant Application - fillable PDF  

Note: If using the fillable PDF, download the form to your computer BEFORE beginning to fill it out. 

Grant Application - Word  

Grantee Insurance Guidance 

Risk Assessment Questionnaire

Volunteer Match Guidance

UCF Grants Frequently Asked Questions


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

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