Fund title: Urban Tree Challenge Fund

Focus of fund/fund aims:

Grants for planting trees in urban areas

Application deadline:

Block bids by 28 July 2019; also open to EoIs for individual applications

Fund description:

The Forestry Commission has launched the Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF), with grants available over the next two years to green urban areas and help meet the government’s target to plant one million urban trees by 2022. Initially (Year 1 bids) the Urban Tree Challenge Fund is open to block bids; these are applications with a value of at least £500,000 that contain multiple small planting projects. In Year 2, individual applications will be accepted for much smaller, single planting sites.

The UTCF is open to anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas as long, as they have full management control or consent to use the land for the duration of the agreement and the planting location is within an urban area. The areas planted will require public access unless there is a strong rationale against this such as planting on school grounds.

The fund provides up to 50% of costs for planting large and small trees and their establishment costs (weeding, watering, checking). The remaining funding must be met through match funding, either in the form of money or labour.

Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/urban-tree-challenge-fund