Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has pledged $5 million over the next five years to plant thousands of trees across the region and increase Cuyahoga County’s tree canopy.
This will be accomplished through the Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program that will be jointly coordinated by the Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability, the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, and the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District. This is a competitive grant program that will encourage the strategies published in the Cuyahoga County Climate Change Action Plan to combat the deleterious effects of climate change and its impacts to residents.
Year one of this grant program awarded funds in 2019. Program details for 2020 will be published in the coming months.
The Cuyahoga County Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program goals encourage:
- Protecting existing tree canopy
- Expanding tree canopy in areas that are vulnerable
- Establishing new tree canopy
In Program Year 1, thirty-seven (37) applicants submitted forty (40) applications for a total request of $1,573,243. Twenty-six (26) projects were selected for a total of $950,000 in funding in 2019.
The application period for the 2019 Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program is closed.
The 2020 program will offer $950,000 of grant funds for projects that will promote a healthy tree canopy in Cuyahoga County. Details will be released in the coming months.
This presentation was made at the applicant workshop on July 8, 2019. It is also available for downloading.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I submit my application?
Grant applications can be mailed, dropped off, or emailed to Alison Ball.
For implementation grants, where can I plant trees?
The first round of funding will be for projects located on public land or on property protected by a conservation easement that is used for public purpose or benefit.
Can I apply for a combined planning and implementation grant?
Applicants may apply for both a planning grant and implementation grants, however Implementation grants are based on having an existing urban forestry or tree plan. If you do not have an existing plan it is recommended to apply only for a planning grant.
Do I have to use a prequalified consultant from the list on the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District website?
No. This is not intended to be an exclusive list of urban foresters. Applicants may submit the RFQ for consultants not listed on the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District website.
Do I have to submit legislating authorization with the application?
No. Due to legislative schedules the authorizing legislation can be handed in after the application is submitted.
Questions or comments about the Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program can be directed to:
Planner, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission