Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of a second round of funding to support community tree planting initiatives in Toronto. Up to $350,000 in annual grants are now available to non-profit organizations and groups interested in leading native tree planting and tree care projects on private land.
Every Tree Counts Community Grants start at $10,000 and support the Every Tree Counts movement, a collective effort in Toronto to grow the city’s tree cover to 40%. The City of Toronto plants over 100,000 trees annually on public land, however, the greatest potential for additional tree planting exists on private land. This means communities, businesses, and institutions have a big role to play in growing and caring for the city’s trees.
These Community Grants encourage innovative partnerships and cross-sector collaboration allowing Toronto communities to become active partners in growing the city’s tree canopy. Last year, $380,000 in Community Grants were awarded. The key deliverables of the program are:
- To increase native tree and shrub planting on privately-owned land in Toronto
- To support tree care activities
- To support and encourage inclusive community engagement
- To support community capacity, knowledge sharing, partnerships and networks
- To facilitate community-powered, locally-driven tree stewardship efforts
Planting trees together creates opportunities to build civic engagement and foster a sense of neighbourhood pride. Community-led projects funded through Every Tree Counts Community Grants support capacity building and provide local environmental and health benefits while strengthening community connections to nature. The end result is more trees in our yards, more trees in our communities, and more trees in our city.
For more information on the Every Tree Counts Community Grants including eligibility and application details, please download the Grant Overview.