A new fund has opened that will support the planting of 130,000 trees across England’s towns and cities. Announced by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs the new £10 million Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) will offer grants over the next two years to individuals, local authorities, charities and NGOs. This will be a challenge fund that will require applicants to find match funding. The Fund is now open for block bids i.e. for funding for multiple projects under one application, which can be geographically dispersed across England or focused in a local area. The closing date is midnight on 28th July 2019.
The scheme will be administered by the Forestry Commission, grants will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.
The scheme will support projects which can provide the greatest environmental and social benefits. A map will be available to check eligibility before applying.
In Year One block bids only are invited. Individual applications will be available in Year Two and will be aimed at smaller organisations or community groups who are looking to deliver much smaller scale projects. All applicants must have full management control or consent to use the land for the duration of the grant agreement and be planting in an urban location.
The fund provides up to 50% of published standard costs for planting large and small trees and their establishment costs. The remaining funding must be met through match funding, either in the form of money or labour.
The closing date is midnight on 28th July 2019.