VT Urban and Community Forestry: Caring for Canopy Grants & Canopy MiniGrants

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 14, 2019

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Vermont

Location of residency: Vermont

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We offer grants to support the development of sustainable urban and community forestry programs at the local level. These grants should be considered seed money to help communities care for tree canopy 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.

Grant Categories

Caring for Canopy

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

Grants range from $500 to $5,000 and require a 50–50 match (total project cost range is $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 material. 

Grants are up to $500 and require a 50–50 match (maximum total project cost is $1,000).   

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Municipalities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply for a Communities Caring for Canopy grant.  
    • Non‐profit organizations will need to provide a written letter of support from the municipality(ies) where the work will occur.
  • Projects must relate to urban and community forestry and take place in Vermont. 
  • Projects may consist of one or more of the following five program components:  
    • Tree planting  
    • Tree maintenance
    • Tree inventory  
    • Plan development
    • Public outreach & program development
    • See specific guidelines for each component here.
  • Eligible costs are those necessary for completing the project.
    • Costs must be documented, reasonable and consistent within the scope of the project.
    • Examples include: 
      • Cost of services, supplies, planting stock, equipment or facilities used on the project.  
      • Value of labor, services, supplies, equipment or facilities donated to the project by third parties. 
      • Salaries and fringe benefits of people working directly on the project.
  • Funds will be awarded on a 50-50 (State/local) match basis. 
  • An applicant may only apply for ONE grant per year (i.e., one Caring for Canopy OR one Canopy Mini)