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Caring for our Trees Together

Charlotte takes pride in having one of the most expansive tree canopies in the country. We couldn't achieve this without the hard work of Charlotte residents like you! In order to celebrate the rich biodiversity found in our urban forests, educate the public on how to take action to maintain our canopy, and protect our forest for years to come, we've expanded the range of opportunities available through the Tree Care Initiative grant. 


Eligible organizations citywide can apply for matching grants of up to $3,000 for tree care initiatives including canopy assessment, ivy removal, emerald ash borer treatment, small tree/ sapling pruning, and tree focused education and community events.


Applications are accepted once per year. Tree Care projects may run concurrently with open Neighborhood Matching Grant projects. The current application deadline is October 14, 2020.


Required Pre-application Workshops

Neighborhoods interested in participating in the Tree Care Program must attend a pre-application workshop.

  • Wednesday, September 9th, 2020: 5:30 PM- 7:00PM

Workshops will be presented using the Zoom online meeting platform. Online and phone-in access instructions will be provided to registered attendees prior to the workshop. Please visit our Neighborhood Training Programs and Resources page to register for your preferred Workshop.

Miss the workshop? No problem! A recording will be uploaded to this site afterwards. Please contact jonathan.hill@charlottenc.gov with any questions or concerns.

How to Apply

Required Documents

COVID-19 Impacts

  • We recognize that COVID-19 can create a barrier to normal volunteer events. As such, we've prepared a list of potential activities that can count towards your match in the following document:  "NMG Volunteer Hours Alternatives (While Social Distancing)." 
  • While a volunteer pledge sheet is still required, we understand that obtaining physical signatures may be a challenge. As such, we are allowing e-mail confirmations and online sign in forms as a substitute for the standard Volunteer Sign-In Sheet so long as they confirm in writing which volunteer project each neighbor has signed up for and how many hours they agree to contribute to that project. For more information and examples, please attend a pre-application workshop or review the recording following the session.

For more Information:

Contact Jonathan Hill, jonathan.hill@charlottenc.gov, to learn more about participating in the program. 

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