An additional $170,000 is now available to Londoners for tree planting on private property in neighbourhoods through a second round of 2017 TreeMe Matching Fund, community grant program.
With a maximum of $50,000 per project, not-for-profit or charitable organizations in London can rally residents to plant trees of all sizes on private property including, places of worship, community/neighbourhood/business associations, co-operative housing, schools, and not-for-profit agencies.
In 2014, City Council adopted the Urban Forest Strategy-Enhancing the Forest City. The Forest City has a goal of reaching a tree canopy cover of 34% by 2065 through the mission to plant more, protect more and maintain better. The TreeME community grant program will help achieve this goal ensuring that London has a resilient and sustainable urban forest for current and future generations.
“We want to make the Forest City one of the greenest communities in Canada. The TreeME program is another way we’re taking steps towards that, by offering Londoners support to plant trees in the neighbourhoods where they live, work and play,” said Mayor Matt Brown.
Project matching dollar value can include participants’ volunteer time on the project, including preparation and planning time as well as, donations, fundraising and gifts in kind. Each volunteer hour is worth $20 and the matching is 25% of your requested project amount.
Application deadline is August 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm and funds will be distributed by early September, 2017. Project planting must be completed by November 1, 2018.
Visit london.ca/treeme for full application guidelines, resources and link to the online application portal.