Grants of up to $10,000 and in-kind support to Canadian educational institutions to enhance school grounds across the country. Eligible uses of funds include site preparation, planting materials, purchasing and planting shrubs and trees, tree maintenance, and developing educational materials. The purpose of the program is to improve learning for students and help them build a stronger connection with nature through school greening projects.
After a grant is awarded, Tree Canada offers logistical support from their national office and on-the-ground support from one of their community advisors. These specialists provide guidance, support and recommendations to help ensure the success of your project.
Tree Canada supports greening projects wherever learning takes place, on educational institution properties such as elementary or primary schools, high schools, universities, colleges and training centers across Canada.
- Projects on private residential or commercial property;
- Invasive species or Ash trees (Fraxinus spp.);
- Removal of large areas of concrete or modifications to existing infrastructure
- Hard landscape components such as irrigation (if trees are not being planted), paving, infrastructure, benches, etc.;
- Work completed before the project was approved to receive funding;
- Salaries for planning and administration (where salaries are more than 15% of the total grant amount);
- Parties, BBQs, food, or drinks;
- Projects that benefit individuals or businesses;
- Projects taking place outside of Canada;
- Lobbying or advocacy activities
Tree Canada’s Greening Canada’s School Grounds program will be accepting applications from October 10th to December 3rd, 2023.
Grant applications are accepted from October to early December the year before project implementation. Applicants are informed by the following March if their project has received a grant or no, and most projects are expected to be completed that same year.