Defra: Urban Tree Challenge Fund

Environmental Sunday July 28th, 2019

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund, administrated by the Forestry Commission, will provide grant funding to support the planting and establishment of large and small trees in urban and peri-urban areas in England.

Up to 50% of the total project cost is available to anyone that either has full management control over the land or signed consent from those with management control over the land for the duration of the Agreement. Agents are also able to apply on behalf of an organisation or landowner.

Applicants must state how their tree planting project fulfils the fund’s objectives:

  • Social and community – encourage community engagement with nature 
  • Recreation and Health – increase canopy cover in deprived urban areas 
  • Education – encourage children to be closer to nature
  • Landscape – greening our towns and cities

Applicants are required to provide at least 50% match funding in the form of money or labour. 

The fund is available for two years (2019/20 and 2020/21) and applications must be submitted during an application window. In Year One, the fund is open for block bids only. Individual applicants can submit an Expression of Interest to the Forestry Commission to state their interest and receive the latest up to date information on the fund before the opening of the Year Two application window. In Year Two, the fund will be open for individual applications and, dependent on budget allocation, block bids too.

Block bids allow organisations to apply for funding for multiple projects under one application, which can be geographically dispersed across England or focused in a local area. Individual applications are aimed at smaller organisations or community groups who are looking to deliver much smaller scale projects.

Deadline: Sunday 28 July 2019, midnight (block bids and EOIs)

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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