Healthy tree canopy grants
Hennepin County has grants available to cities, affordable housing properties, schools, and non-profit organizations to enhance the county’s tree canopy.
The goals of the program are to combat threats to trees from invasive insects and disease by funding tree planting, educate the public on tree care and the importance of trees, and increase the diversity and resiliency of the tree canopy.
Type of grants available
Different types of grants are available to cities, affordable housing properties, and schools and non-profit organizations.
See the Healthy Tree Canopy grants flyer (PDF) to learn more about the difference between the grant types.
Two types of grants are offered:
- Step 1: For cities with no tree inventory or an incomplete tree inventory. Grants are only to complete tree inventories. Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 are available, and a 25 percent match is required.
- Step 2: For cities that have a completed tree inventory and a city forester that is at least a 0.3 FTE and ISA certified. Grants are to, implement tree plantings, maintain newly planted trees, replace ash trees, conduct outreach, develop gravel-bed nurseries and develop tree management plans. Grants of $5,000 to $50,000 are available, and a one-to-one match is required.
See the healthy tree canopy grant guidelines for cities (PDF) for more information.
Grants are for tree removals and planting replacement trees on affordable housing properties.
Grants are available to new and existing affordable housing properties. Eligible applicants include owners and managers of existing affordable multifamily housing, developers of new affordable multifamily housing, and affordable housing land trusts.
Grants of a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $20,000 are available. A 25% match of the granted amount is required.
See the healthy tree canopy grant guidelines for affordable housing properties (PDF) for more information.
Schools and non-profit organizations
Grants are for tree plantings on school or community properties, tree-related education, and Arbor Day celebrations.
Eligible applications include charter, private, and public schools in Hennepin County. Eligible applicants include administrators, teachers, principals, and facility managers of existing schools. Non-profit 501(c)(3) groups are also eligible to apply.
See the healthy tree canopy grant guidelines for schools and non-profit organizations (PDF) for more information.
How to apply
Applications are being accepted now for healthy tree canopy grants. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Monday, December 10.
Applications must be submitted through the online Supplier Portal.
To access the RFP and apply:
- Visit the Supplier Portal.
- View the application materials by selecting the healthy tree canopy grant under events applicable to the your organization.
- You need to be registered to submit an application. For detailed instructions on how to register and submit an application, including video tutorials and more, visit the Supplier Portal information page.
Additional application resources
The following resources will be helpful in completing your grant application.
Tree planting priority areas map
The county’s tree planting priorities map factors in both environmental and demographic data. The map uses land cover data and disparity data such as income, housing, and health to understand areas that have lower tree canopy and higher need.
Grant selection will be based, in part, on a comparison of the project locations with the identified priority planting areas.
Recommended tree list
Use the county’s recommended tree list (XLSX) when developing a planting plan.
The list includes a list of species and notes about their suitability for planting in various locations. A do not plant list is also included.
Learn more about the grants available and get feedback on project ideas at an information meeting.
- For city staff: Thursday, November 1 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Ridgedale Library in room 172
- For affordable housing properties, schools and non-profit organizations: Thursday, November 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Ridgedale Library in room 172