The Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant is an initiative of Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish to promote a healthy tree canopy in our county with grant funds for tree planting and maintenance projects.

The importance of a healthy tree canopy was emphasized in the 2019 Cuyahoga County Climate Change Action Plan and the 2019 Cuyahoga County Urban Tree Canopy Update. This competitive grant program is coordinated by the Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability, the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, and the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, with assistance from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

Program Year 2021

Awards

In Program Year 2021, Thirty-nine (39) applicants submitted forty (40) applications for a total of $1,600,197.16 in funding. Based on the evaluations, the top twenty-four (24) ranked projects were awarded funding and the twenty-fifth (25th) ranked project was awarded partial funding. Please see table below for a summary of the projects submitted and funds awarded.

Applications

Applications for the 2021 Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program closed at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021.

This funding opportunity for tree planting in Cuyahoga County aims to lessen the impact of climate change to county residents and communities. Grants will be awarded on a reimbursement basis. Consideration was given to projects that:

  • Support the implementation of community forestry plans
  • Expand tree canopy through reforestation
  • Execute high impact reforestation projects.

Additional consideration were given to projects in historically underserved or vulnerable communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can you provide clarification regarding the final report? The Application materials say that a final report is due in June 2022, however if the timeline is 18 months that would extend the project beyond June 2022.
A. A progress report is due in June 2022. The final report is due with your final reimbursement request to close out the grant.

Q. Are site preparation costs eligible – like pavement removal and then tree planting?
A. Some site preparation costs are eligible. Please send specifics to Alison Ball at aball@cuyahogacounty.us for feedback on what can be reimbursed or counted as match.

Q. Can plantings be on private property?
A. Yes plantings can be on private property. Keep in mind that the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District must have access to the property to monitor the planting activity.

Q. For a high impact project, do the 5 acres need to be contiguous?
A. High impact projects will be scored on their potential impact on expanding the tree canopy. Projects that include 5 contiguous acres will score higher than a series of smaller projects that add up to 5 acres.

Q. How much more match do you need to score the maximum amount of points?
A. Applicants that are required to have a minimum 10% match will get maximum points for projects that provide 20% local match while Applicants required to have a minimum 50% match will get maximum points for projects that provide 60% local match.

Contact Us

Questions or comments about the Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program can be directed to:

Alison Ball
Planner, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
aball@cuyahogacounty.us

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