Overview

Tree For Me Facilitated Grants (up to $2000) are provided to charitable organizations and qualified donees by Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, with funding support from the City of Toronto. Through facilitated grants, the Foundation works with community groups across Toronto to host Tree For Me events to engage residents in tree planting on private land*. Our goal is to increase Toronto’s tree cover to 40% in support of Toronto’s tree planting and stewardship movement, with a special focus on Toronto’s least treed neighbourhoods.

*Private Land in Toronto is any land owned by individuals or corporations other than the municipal government. This includes lands owned by other levels of government, institutions, and schools.

Program Goals & Objectives

  • Enhance native tree and shrub planting and tree stewardship on private land
  • Build inclusive community engagement
  • Grow community capacity and knowledge sharing with a special focus on Toronto’s urban forest and tree planting
  • Build sustainability through community-powered events

We do this by making it easy for Torontonians to get the right trees to plant at home.  Toronto residents can register to receive a free native tree that is matched to their property needs. In exchange, they are asked to learn about proper tree planting and tree care through workshops at community-led Tree For Me events.

Eligibility

The Tree For Me Facilitated Grant Program is perfect for charitable and non-profit organizations* seeking to engage their neighbourhoods in community-building and environmental initiatives. We support diverse community-based organizations across the City because we know they are fantastic leaders and mobilizers. By applying, groups commit to to host a Tree For Me event and distribute at least 50 free trees to their friends and neighbours. In exchange, we provide access to dedicated funding, native trees, hands-on event support, and tree expertise.

Tree For Me lets community groups do what they do best: engage their communities. By working together, we will put more trees in our yards, more trees in our communities, and more trees in our city.

You can be part of the movement to grow Toronto’s tree cover!

*The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is a Public Foundation. As a result, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) permits the Foundation to make grants or distributions only to registered charities or qualified donees.

A non-profit organization that is not a registered charity wishing to participate may consider a partnership with a registered charity. For more information on these sorts of partnerships, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Benefits of Tree For Me

It’s no secret–trees are good for our us and for our city. They make us feel healthier, happier, and they’re good for the planet. We all stand to gain from more trees in our lives. Tree For Me helps ensure that all residents in communities across Toronto have greater access to trees and the many benefits they provide.

Tree For Me events are built around an inclusive community engagement model. We know there are disparities across our city and we see that trees are not available equally to everyone. We work together with our community partners to fill the gaps. You are in a unique and vital position to develop capacity within your communities, to share knowledge, and to build sustainable stewardship practices from the ground up. Plus, Tree For Me events are a FUN way to meet others while doing good in and for your community!

What You Get With Tree for Me

  • Funding up to $2,000
  • As many trees as you need! Trees are less than 5 ft tall and easy to carry home
  • Promotional materials (door hangers and postcards)
  • Tree For Me online and manual tree-matching tools
  • Tree For Me online and manual registration tools
  • Online educational materials and resources
  • Train-the-trainer workshop for your staff and/or volunteers
  • Assistance with associated park permits (if needed)
  • Promotional assistance through TPTF’s communications network

How to Apply

Tree For Me applications are currently closed. Check back for details on applying for our Fall 2019 Tree For Me season.

Feel free to contact us in the meantime with any questions or comments!