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 – $15,000.
  • Match is required for our grants, which 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:

  • Cost of Trees and Woody Shrubs
  • Planting Supplies

We don’t fund:

  • Invasive Species
  • Monocultures

Eligible Applicants

State agencies, local and regional governments, tribal communities and organizations, approved non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, civic groups, public educational institutions, or community tree 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 Tree Counts” 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
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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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