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Urban Trees Grant Program

The Urban Trees Grant Program, called for by the Maryland General Assembly as a component of a 5,000,000-tree goal by 2031, welcomes requests for tree planting projects in urban, underserved communities. The goal of the Urban Tree Grant Program is to green communities; enhance quality of life, human health, and community livability by improving air quality and reducing urban heat island effect; and mitigate some of the effects of climate change.

What this funds:

Projects selected for funding must be fully or significantly focused on planting of trees. Projects may include other components, such as a workforce development component, but the tangible result of projects selected for funding must be trees in the ground, at least for the first year. An assessment will be made after the first year to determine barriers and capacity to meet the General Assembly’s tree planting goals.

Regions of the State in Which Tree Planting Projects Can Occur

  • Tree planting proposed must occur in urban areas with low median household income levels, high unemployment, and neighborhoods with housing projects or that were historically red-lined at any time.

Who can apply:

Local governments, non-profit organizations, community and homeowner associations, faith-based organizations, and more. Please see the Notice of Intent to Fund for full list of organizations.

How much can be awarded: 

There is no maximum request; however, requests will generally be at the following scales:

  • Up to $15,000 for projects serving a single small neighborhood (on the order of 25 to 100 trees)
  • Up to $45,000 for projects serving multiple neighborhoods within a community (on the order of 75 to 300 trees)
  • Up to $200,000 for projects serving multiple communities (on the order of 300 to 1,000 trees)
  • Up to $1,000,000 for projects serving communities across an entire county-scale (on the order of 2,000 to 6,000 trees)

Is match required?

Match is encouraged but not required.

Grant Application Process:

The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted through an online system. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Greg Burks, at 410-974-2941 ext. 111.

Informational Webinar

Join the Chesapeake Bay Trust and funding partners for a virtual workshop to learn more Urban Trees Grant Program, the grant application process, and tips and tricks for submitting a robust, competitive proposal. Two workshop dates were available. Both workshops had the same content focus; therefore, interested attendees need only attend one workshop. Thanks for joining us!

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 6PM to 7PM
  • Friday, February 4, 2022 from 2PM to 3PM

Program Status: CLOSED

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Deadline was: March 3, 2022 at 4pm EST

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Grant Questions & Technical Support

Greg Burks
410-974-2941 x111

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