The International Tree Foundation (ITF) is offering grants for community groups and voluntary organisations to support community-based projects that conserve, restore, and protect indigenous trees, woodlands, and associated biodiversity, whilst supporting community engagement in tree planting, social cohesion and inclusion, and promoting the importance of trees and forests to environmental and human well-being.
Any tree-planting activities must meet the following criteria:
- Plant trees in sites that are readily accessible to the public, including schools, parks, rights of way, and sites managed by community groups.
- Plant indigenous tree species, this may include traditional fruit trees and ‘honorary’ natives where appropriate.
- Engage community members in tree-planting and enjoying the benefits of woodlands.
- Have clear plans for maintenance and sustainability of the trees.
Projects must also meet one or more of the following nine criteria set out by the ITF:
- Engage children and young adults in tree planting and learning about trees.
- Engage vulnerable groups and groups with low access to woodlands.
- Conserve existing ancient trees and indigenous woodlands as well as new planting.
- Create biodiversity habitats.
- Conserve soil and water.
- Demonstrate new approaches such as agroforestry.
- Support rewilding and natural regeneration.
- Support work or research on tree pest and disease resistance and climate change. adaptation.
- Support urban tree planting.
Grants of up to £1,000 are available for smaller projects of up to one year. Larger grants are available for projects of between 1,000 and 10,000 trees with a maximum price equivalent to £1.50 per tree (inclusive of tree protection).
The deadline for applications is 16 December 2022.
For more information and to download the application pack see the ITF website: UK Community Tree Planting Grants — International Tree Foundation