Tree Canopy Fund

About the Tree Canopy Fund

Concerned about the declining tree canopy in Arlington? We are too! So, in 2009 theScreen Shot 2014-03-28 at 12.20.32 PM 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:

  1. Tree planting on private property, or
  2. Public education and outreach related to the stewardship of trees
  3. Maintenance to be performed on specific trees designated by Arlington County through their Champion Tree Program and Tree and Shrub Ordinance

Groups eligible to apply for and receive TCF grants include:Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 12.19.20 PM

  • Civic and homeowner associations
  • Community nonprofit organizations
  • Civic service clubs
  • School-related groups
  • Ad hoc neighborhood groups
  • Individuals (see #3 above)

Important Notes

  • 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.

New for 2014

  • The Tree Canopy Fund program will only offer large trees, with mature height ranging from 40 to 100 feet.
  • To receive smaller trees with mature height ranging from 20 to 35 feet, you can apply to Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 12.19.05 PMArlington County’s tree distribution program, which offers free tree whips at a distribution event in the fall.

Report on the Status of Trees Planted in 2013

Use this form to report on the status of trees that were planted in 2013 that are not thriving, as detailed on the form.

 2014 Tree Canopy Fund Application Procedure:

  1. Read our 2014 Tree Canopy Fund Instructions and FAQs.
  2. Complete an expression of interest form 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. This form registers your group so that you can apply for trees. Important – the expression of interest form is NOT a complete application form. 
  3. Attend the information session at Arlington Central Library on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m.
  4. Submit your tree requests online by Friday, June 20. 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.
  5. You will receive notice of awards by early October.
  6. Approved trees will be planted in the October to January timeline.  Note: This schedule is tentative and some planting may occur in the Spring, depending on the species.

2014 Tree Canopy Fund Materials

Tree Canopy Selection Guide

Additional Resources for Applicants: