NEXT: Plantings to be scheduled in November/ December.
Concerned about the declining tree canopy in Arlington? We are, too! So, in 2009 the Tree Canopy Fund (TCF), was launched after Arlington County Board approval in 2007 with the goals of arresting the decline and restoring and increasing the County’s tree cover over time.Administered by ACE and the Arlington County Urban Forestry Commission (UFC), the fund provides grants to individuals and community groups to plant and maintain trees on private property. Since its inception, 1,213 trees have been planted!“
The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) appreciates taking part in the Tree Canopy Fund program, which provides us with the ability to beautify our properties with new trees. Planting these trees is something that normally would not fall within our means to do.”
Nina Janopaul, CEO/President, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Grant applications can be for:
- Tree planting on private property, or
- Maintenance to be performed on specific trees designated by Arlington County through their Champion Tree Program and Tree and Shrub Ordinance (email firstname.lastname@example.org) to request support.
Report on the Status of Trees Planted in 2014
|If a Tree Canopy Fund tree that was planted between fall 2014 and spring 2015 is not thriving, please let us know.|
Groups eligible to apply for and receive TCF grants include:
- Civic and homeowner associations
- Community nonprofit organizations
- Civic service clubs
- School-related groups
- Ad hoc neighborhood groups
- The TCF provides funds for planting trees with diameters of about two inches that, at maturity, will be large canopy trees.
- ACE and UFC reserve the right to reduce the scope and/or cost of any proposal.
- Grant applications will be accepted and approved once or twice a year, depending on the availability of funds.
- The Tree Canopy Fund program will only offer large trees, with mature height ranging from 40 to 100 feet.
- American Holly
- American Linden x Redmond
- American Sycamore
- Common Hackberry
- Eastern Hop Hornbeam
- Eastern Red Cedar
- Honeylocust X Inmeris
- Pin oak
- River birch
- To receive smaller trees with mature height ranging from 20 to 35 feet, you can apply to Arlington County’s tree distribution program, which offers free tree whips at a distribution event in the fall.
- Because of limited funding in the 2015-2016 grant cycle, the application process will be by invitation only (see guidelines for details).
- Also due to limited funding, tree selection has been limited to 10 select trees (details in the TCF Tree Selection Guide 2015).
- Trees are slated to be planted in the October to January time frame. There will be no spring planting during the 2015-2016 grant cycle.
Report on the Status of Trees Planted in 2014
If you have a tree that was planted between October 2014 and January 2015, please report your tree here for assessment.
2015 Tree Canopy Fund Application Procedure:
- Read our TCF Guidelines 2015 (PDF)
- Complete an Expression of interest form by Friday, May 8th (now closed) for your project and designate two point people for your group. Applying in coordination with a civic association, homeowner’s association, church/synagogue or other group is highly encouraged. Applications from individuals not affiliated with a group will also be accepted.
Important – the expression of interest form is NOT a complete application form.
- Selected applicants will be notified by Friday, May 15th with an invitation to submit a full application.
- Invited applicants submit tree requests online by Friday, June 26th. The expression of interest form is NOT a tree request form. Note you must fill out one online application form per tree and there are different forms depending on whether you are applying with a civic association or homeowner’s association.
- You will receive notice of awards by early October.
- Approved trees will be planted in the October to January timeline. Note: This schedule is tentative.
- Friday, May 8th – Expression of interest form due. (Deadline extended from April 27th)
- Friday, May 15th – Those who submitted an expression of interest application will be notified of status. Invitations to submit complete proposals sent.
- Friday, July 17th – Completed applications from those invited to submit a complete proposal due.
- By Late August – Applications reviewed.
- By Late September – Applicants notified of outcome.
- October to January – Tree plantings scheduled (tentative).
- May 2016 – Deadline for reporting issues with tree(s)
- August – Tree applications reviewed.
- Early October – Tree awards announced
2015 Tree Canopy Fund Materials
- Expression of Interest Form (Now closed)
- TCF Guidelines 2015 (PDF)
- Tree Canopy Fund Species Available 2015 (PDF)
- TCF Tree Selection Guide 2015: Right Tree, Right Place, Right Care (PDF)
- Arlington Canopy Coverage Map
Resources for Applicants
- Arlington County – All About Trees
- Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses [Paperback] – Michael A. Dirr
- Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia [Illustrated Hardcover] – Michael A. Dirr
- Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants [Hardcover] – William Cullina
- Tree Photos and Fact Sheets:
- TCF Tree Selection Guide 2015: Right Tree, Right Place, Right Care