Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program

The Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program is established to encourage the creation of long-term, sustained canopy cover to improve water quality across the Commonwealth. This grant is used to fund tree-planting efforts that raise public awareness of the benefits of trees and impacts on water quality.

Funding

  • The recommended funding range is $1,000 – $50,000.
  • Match is recommended but not required and can include in-kind and volunteer hours.
  • Grant funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis.

Project Categories

Projects may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Riparian Buffers
  • Community or Street Tree Plantings
  • Neighborhood-wide Projects
  • Turf-to-Trees

We do fund:

  • Fees charged by private contractors and/or consultants.
  • Purchase of essential supplies and materials.
  • Purchase and planting of trees and shrubs.
  • Maintenance expenses, including watering, are eligible for reimbursement during the grant period.
    • VDOF cannot reimburse until after all deliverables/activities have been completed.
    • Maintenance costs will be ineligible if submitted outside of the approved grant period.
  • Costs associated with site preparation and soil amendments.

We don’t fund:

  • Purchase of machinery or equipment.
  • Construction of any kind (e.g., sidewalks or roads).
  • Purchase of food, snacks, or beverages.
  • Purchase of land or land charges.
  • Purchase of plant material classified as invasive species.
  • Purchase and planting of ash species (Fraxinus sp.) due to the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis).
  • Costs that are not incurred during the grant award period.
  • Costs not approved by the urban and community forestry program manager during the award phase or modification.

Eligible Applicants

Grants may be awarded to civic groups, communities, local government, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, public educational institutions, state agencies, tribal organizations, and volunteer groups.

To Apply

Applications are accepted in the form of a proposal – view application forms and request for proposal document in the Resource Library below.

  • Local VDOF staff must review the project prior to proposal submission. A letter of recommendation from the local VDOF forester should be included in the proposal submission.
  • A detailed tree maintenance plan must be included with each grant application.
  • Projects must include community outreach and engagement components.
  • Prior to final reimbursement, an approved representative will conduct a follow-up planting inspection and input results into VDOF’s “My Trees Count” application.

Additional Resources

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Forestry Grant Program -Time and Activity Log for Staff and Volunteers
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Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Application
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Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Budget Worksheet
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program Budget Worksheet17.04Viewfinancial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance-water-quality urban-and-community-forestry water-qualityform
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants - Request for Proposals
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants – Request for Proposals

Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grants – Request for Proposal document details the program and proposal requirements as well as deadlines and submission information.

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A variety of financial assistance programs exist through VDOF and partner agencies for community forestry and forest management activities.

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