The Tree Canopy Enhancement Program is an opportunity for for eligible nonprofits to enhance and promote Davidson's tree canopy through a town grant.
All qualified non-profits are invited to apply for the funds to conduct tree canopy-related activities in the community on an annual basis. An “eligible” or “qualified” non-profit is defined as any non-profit that can complete work directly related to the town’s tree canopy.
Applicants must request a specific grant amount for a project or program and provide a detailed description about how the funds will be used. Nonprofits can apply for a multi-year grant spanning up to three years. If a multi-year grant is awarded, year-end reporting conditions must be met in order to receive the following year’s grant. Project outcome and financial accounting is required to verify and communicate success at the end of each year.
After grant applications are received, nonprofits will have the opportunity to further develop their project or program with the town arborist (or designee) who has oversight of all projects within the Tree Enhancement Program. Applications approved by the arborist shall be sent to the trees and natural assets subcommittee of the town’s livability board for their review and, ultimately, to the livability board for its approval. The livability board makes recommendations to the town manager for grant approval. The town manager will execute grant agreements with the nonprofits.
Application period, July 18 - August 11, 2023. Funding will be awarded by the end of October.