The Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant is an initiative of Cuyahoga County 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 2023
In past years Cuyahoga County has released the annual Healthy Urban Tree Canopy (HUTC) grant program in late January/early February. This year the issuance of the HUTC Request for Proposals (RFP) will be in late Spring. When Congress passed the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure bill last year, they included dollars for urban forestry. While Cuyahoga County has not seen the regulations for how these dollars will be allocated, in other sections or areas of the bill local match dollars have been required to successfully win grants. Cuyahoga County would like to allow municipal and non-profit applicants as much flexibility as possible in order to use the PY2023 HUTC dollars as potential match for these grants., Therefore, the RFP will be issued in Spring 2023.
In addition to a new schedule the HUTC program has a new eligibility requirement: Applicants that have an open project from a previous funding round are not eligible to apply in the current round of funding. In order to be eligible for HUTC funds in PY 2023 your projects must be closed out by June 1, 2023. Please check this page for updates.
Program Year 2022
In Program Year 2022, thirty-nine (39) applicants submitted applications for a total of $1,518,037.02 in funding. Based on the evaluations, the top twenty-seven (27) ranked projects were awarded funding and approximately 3,463 new trees will be planted. Please see the scores and ranking table for a summary of the projects submitted and funds awarded.
Project Management Information
A list of required forms, instructions, and tips to help facilitate the reimbursement of project expenses can all be found on the Project Management Information page. A timeline to help awardees manage deadlines for progress reports, close-out of grant activities, and an explanation of what to do if there is a change in planting schedule are also provided.
Applications for the 2022 Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program were due by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2022.
This funding opportunity for tree planting in Cuyahoga County aims to lessen the impact of climate change to county residents and communities. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis. Consideration is given to projects that:
- Support the implementation of community forestry plans
- Expand tree canopy through reforestation
- Execute high impact reforestation projects.
Additional consideration is given to projects in historically underserved or vulnerable communities.
Questions or comments about the Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program can be directed to:
Planner, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
Manager, Special Initiatives