Every Tree Counts - New Grants Available
The Foundation is excited to announce two new grants available for 2017/2018 as part of the Every Tree Counts campaign
Funding support from the City of Toronto allows the Foundation to make grants available to encourage private land tree planting, to facilitate community participation and to build capacity critical to achieving Toronto’s tree canopy goals. Every Tree Counts is our tree planting campaign.
Making Trees Count
Making Trees Count is an initiative aimed at helping expand Toronto’s tree canopy on private land with up to $350,000 in grant funding. This program provides a mechanism for tree planting and stewardship groups to be supported and drawn together under the umbrella of the Every Tree Counts Campaign. Through this model, we will enable better collaboration, tracking and reporting on the progress of these collective efforts towards reaching the tree canopy goal.
Tree For Me
Tree For Me Grants enable community-led efforts to match Toronto residents with trees for planting on private land at no cost to the resident. Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation supports the granting program by providing grantees with funding, communications support, native trees, staff and volunteer training as well as planning support. Grantees do what they do best, connect with their communities to improve their neighbourhoods. Tree For Me Grants can be used to match Toronto residents with free trees through an organized event, a tree delivery program, or to start or enhance a community project.
Organizations can apply for Tree For Me facilitated grants of $500 and up to $2,000
Every Tree Counts is a collective movement in Toronto to grow our tree canopy to 40%. We are engaging all Torontonians – that means you. Whether planting a tree at home, school or work, donating to the cause, or simply taking care of the trees we have – we are greening Toronto together.
Toronto City Council adopted this goal in 2013 as part of the City of Toronto’s Strategic Forest Management Plan. The City’s Urban Forestry department plants approximately 100,000 trees on public land annually. However, the greatest availability of land to plant trees is on private property. To meet the tree canopy target of 40% in the next 50 years, 300,000 trees must be planted in Toronto each year. The City’s estimates show only half this target is being met and that the greatest potential for planting is on private land, where currently only 25,000 trees are being planted annually.
That’s why everyone’s participation is critical to achieving Toronto’s tree canopy goals. Let’s get planting!
Visit our new and improved site for our campaign, everytreecounts.ca , for all details.
Make your trees count by tracking your trees planted here greenleafchallenge.ca