MAKING TREES COUNT GRANTS
Why Making Trees Count?
The City of Toronto has a goal to increase our tree canopy to 40%. To meet this target the City recognizes the need to plant and care for trees on public and private lands. The City of Toronto plants over 100,000 trees annually on public lands (i.e. parks, green spaces and streets). However, the greatest potential for additional tree planting exists on private lands which make up more than half the city's land area.
Making Trees Count is an initiative aimed at helping expand Toronto’s tree canopy on private land with up to $350,000 in grant funding. This program provides a mechanism for tree planting and stewardship groups to be supported and drawn together under the umbrella of the Every Tree Counts Campaign. Through this model, we will enable better collaboration, tracking and reporting on the progress of these collective efforts towards reaching the tree canopy goal.
Making Trees Count grants are made possible by support from the City of Toronto. The grant program is being administered by the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. Making Trees Count funding aims to encourage innovative partnerships and support projects and collaborations that improve the quality of life for all of Toronto’s residents.
For the purposes of the Making Trees Count grant, private land is defined as lands not owned or managed by the City of Toronto for public use. Private lands are owned and managed for residential, industrial, commercial or institutional use.
The key objectives of the program are:
- increase native tree and shrub planting on privately-owned land
- support tree care activities
- support inclusive community engagement (such as diverse communities and neighbourhoods with less trees)
- build community capacity, knowledge sharing, partnerships and networks
- facilitate community-driven, locally-owned tree stewardship efforts
Why do we need a registered charity as a trustee? The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is a Public Foundation. As a result, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires that the Foundation make grants or distributions only to registered charities or qualified donees. Under the Income Tax Act, qualified donees are organizations that can issue official donation receipts for gifts they receive from individuals and corporations. Registered charities can also make gifts to them.
Tips for creating a trusteeship with a registered charity
- Name of the project proposed
- Charitable number of the trustee organization
- Confirmation that the trustee is responsible for ensuring the project is completed
- Confirmation that the trustee is responsible for distribution of funds as the project proceeds; and
- Confirmation that the trustee is responsible and accountable to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation for performance of the non-profit organization’s implementation of the project
- Staff costs associated with planning and delivering the project
- Tree purchase and delivery
- Site preparation
- Tree planting and stewardship equipment
- Outreach materials development and distribution
- Website development specific to the project
- Staff and volunteer training and travel for outreach and events
- Space rentals, permits and food for events
- Translation of outreach materials as well as event interpretation/sign-language (if not done by volunteers)
- Purchase of land
- Tree planting on public land
- Purchase of non-native or invasive species (Note: no ash species allowed)
- Advocacy and research
- Projects with planting occurring outside the City of Toronto
- General fundraising campaigns
- Travel unrelated to outreach, events, tree purchase and delivery
- Purchase of alcohol
Please submit an electronic version to firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper copies are accepted but must be received by the Foundation by 5:00 pm on the deadline date. Please note that we will be unable to consider incomplete or late Letters of Interest.
- Background on the applicant and description of experience in tree planting and tree stewardship, environmental and/or community engagement initiatives
- Project overview
- Project partners and roles
- Description of how the project addresses the program objectives
- A detailed project workplan including plan to ensure adherence to best practices for tree planting.
- A detailed project budget, including matching funding (partnership funding, potential sources and in-kind contributions)
- Tree care and follow-up plan
- Promotion and recognition opportunities for the City of Toronto
- An application cover page
- List of current board members
- The organization’s current year operating budget
- A copy of the organization’s most recent audited financial statement
- Letters of support from named partners
- Trustee agreement, if applicable
Please provide two paper copies of the full application and submit an electronic version in PDF format to email@example.com (supporting documents may be provided in paper copy only). Please note that we will be unable to consider incomplete or late applications. The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation must receive applications by 5:00 pm on the deadline date.
Applications will be evaluated based on their demonstrated ability to
- Meet the objectives of the program
- Provide a feasible plan for long-term stewardship and maintenance after the project is completed
- Inclusively engage the community (residents, businesses, schools, organizations)
- Leverage 50% matching funding through partnerships, potential sources (targets) and/or in-kind sources
- Provide measurable outcomes
Grants may only be used for eligible and approved costs associated directly with the project. Budget approval is at the discretion of the Grant Review Committee. The Committee reserves the right to accept or decline any application. Tree planting and tree stewardship funded through the Making Trees Count grant program is restricted to private land within the City of Toronto.
- Letter of Interest - October 27, 2017
- Invitations extended to submit full application - November 3, 2017
- Full application deadline - November 30, 2017
- Final decision - December 20, 2017
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Carla Grant, Executive Director, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation in advance to discuss their project ideas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Carla Grant, Executive Director
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation,
585 Dundas St E, 3rd Floor,
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Please note that we are unable to consider late or incomplete applications. Electronic and paper copies of the application must be received at the Foundation by 5:00 pm on the deadline date.