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"Plant more, protect more, maintain better and engage the community." - The City of London Urban Forest Strategy
Integrating the visions and efforts of London residents and the City Council, the treeME - Neighbourhood Tree Matching Fund (treeME) helps to build and strengthen London neighbourhoods and improve the quality of life for everyone. With the support of treeME, neighbourhood groups can initiate, manage and implement tree planting projects on private land that can help ensure a sustainable urban forest.
London’s urban forest provides many environmental, social and economic benefits and services to our communities such as the following:
The City of London’s Urban Forest Strategy four guiding principles are the cornerstone to building a sustainable, healthy and diverse urban forest for today and future generations:
Tree planting must occur on “private property”. This program will NOT fund trees planted on public, municipally owned property. The City has other programs and partners who plant on public lands.
For the purpose of this program “private property” is defined as:
"Private residential or commercial property and any property not directly owned by the City or any of its Agencies, such as Libraries or Community Centers or parks."
Allowable Funding Expenses:
*Project management includes staff wages associated with the planning, implementation, and operation of the funded project. These costs must be specifically identified in the project proposal.
$200,000 is available in treeME funding to be allocated to successful applicants, with a maximum allocation of $50,000 per project.
Applicants must match 25% of the total requested amount per project through: a combination of volunteer labour; donated services; donated materials and supplies; and other funds raised. For example, if a group applies for $5,000, their match contribution will be $1,250 in value. Money and resources from other City of London departments, funds and services can be listed but not counted as part of the group’s match.
There are four types of contributions that applicants can present to match the ‘treeME - Neighbourhood Tree Fund’ contribution. They include cash, volunteer labour, donated professional services and donated materials and supplies. Applicants are encouraged to use the potential volunteer labour fund contribution to leverage other contributions. The specific rules governing each type are as follows:
Each application will be evaluated based on a number of key criteria, including the following:
Does the tree planting project:
A City of London Review Committee will review all applications against a set of feasibility criteria, related to City of London by-laws, policies and legislative or contractual guidelines and procedures.
This review committee will be comprised of employees from the following service areas:
Upon final approval, applicants will be notified by email of the status of their project.
Community organizations and business applicants: Successful applicants will be issued a Grant Agreement in order to receive funds. Upon receipt of the signed Grant Agreement, funds will be allocated by the City of London to the applicant.
All treeME - Neighbourhood Tree Matching Fund recipients must submit a final report describing the project outcomes and successes and a detailed budget verifying the project expenses. Successful applicants are asked to submit stories and photos of their project activities and register trees planted on the Million Tree Challenge website www.milliontrees.ca.