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 from 14 to 30 percent by 2040.
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.
The program goals are to:
- Protect existing tree canopy
- Expand tree canopy in areas that are vulnerable
- Establish new tree canopy
Applications for the 2019 Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program are open. The application deadline is Monday, July 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
This presentation was made at the applicant workshop on July 8, 2019. It is also available for downloading.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 by the July 29th due date with the application?
No. Due to legislative schedules the authorizing legislation can be handed in after the application is submitted. Legislating authorization must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on September 9, 2019.
Questions or comments about the Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Grant Program should be directed to:
Planner, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission