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Trees for Neighborhoods

In-Kind Grants of Trees for Planting and Tree
Planting Assistance to Seattle, Washington Residents

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In-kind grants of trees and tree care and planting assistance to encourage Seattle, Washington residents build tree canopy cover in residential areas. This grant program engages residents to plant and maintain healthy trees in their yards that will provide community benefit. Assistance includes appropriate tree selection for location, training on proper care and planting, assistance applying for necessary permits, care reminders and pruning workshop opportunities, and street tree evaluations for the first couple of years.

When you participate in Trees for Neighborhoods, you receive:
- Help selecting the right tree and planting location
- Free trees (up to 4 per household, lifetime max of 6)
- A watering bag & mulch for each tree
- Training on proper planting and care
- Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
- Ongoing care reminders and future pruning workshop opportunities
- Tree delivery & planting assistance if you need physical help or lack access to a vehicle
- Street tree evaluations for the first couple of years to let you know how your trees are doing

Planting Street Trees:
What is a street tree? In Seattle, street trees are regulated by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). A street tree is planted in the public right-of-way, usually in the planting strip (space between sidewalk and road) or in the absence of sidewalks, in the space approximately 10 feet from the curb or roadside. If the greenspace adjacent to your property is an unimproved right of way (an area originally set aside for alleys, streets, or paths that has not been developed), then a tree planted there would be considered a street tree. Trees in greenspaces owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation are not considered street trees.

The environmental, social, economic, and public health benefits of healthy urban forests are well documented in the scientific community.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162311

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Applicants can apply for up to 4 trees per year per address for a lifetime total of 6 trees per address.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Trees for Neighborhoods is open to Seattle residents.

Applicant Responsibilities:
- Choose trees appropriate for the space (Read the Planting Considerations page for more information)
- On your application, indicate if the tree will be planted on the street
- Pickup your trees and attend an onsite planting & care workshop
- Only plant trees in approved locations- trees must be planted at the address on the application. Street trees must be - planted in approved and marked locations.
- Properly plant trees in the ground (no pots!)
- Assume all future maintenance & responsibility (summer watering, raking, pruning, mulching, etc.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

Want help deciding on the right tree for your space? Come to a free Right Tree, Right Place workshops. While these classes are optional, taking one is highly recommend taking one as they will help you make the best decision about where to plant your tree.

July 20: Right Tree, Right Place workshop Rainier Beach Public Library Branch, 11:00 AM - Noon

August 3: Right Tree, Right Place workshop Lake City Public Library Branch, 11:00 AM - Noon


Pre-Application Information:

Apply Online. Applications will be accepted from July 15 through August 12.

As long as you apply within this time frame, there is no benefit to submitting your application early. All applications will be processed and applicants notified of their status after the application closes August 12. If there are more requests for a given species than we have trees available, recipients will be random selected. If trees are still available following the first application period, a second application period may be added in mid-August.

When you apply, you will chose a planting and care workshop next fall to pick-up your trees. Add this date to your calendar. If your application is approved, you will need to attend this workshop to pick up your tree.

Important 2019 Dates:
- July 15: Application opens
- July 20: Right Tree, Right Place workshop (optional). Rainier Beach Public Library Branch, 11:00 AM - Noon
- August 3: Right Tree, Right Place workshop (optional). Lake City Public Library Branch, 11:00 AM - Noon
- August 12: Application closes
- October 5: Tree pick up workshop. Center for Urban Horticulture (Montlake neighborhood)
- October 12: Tree pick up workshop. Georgetown Campus South Seattle College (limited availability)
- October 27: Tree pick up workshop. Center for Urban Horticulture (Montlake neighborhood)

Need assistance planting your new tree? Delivery and planting help is offered to participants who need physical assistance or lack access to a vehicle. To inquire about this service, please call or email.

Applications are only being accepted for yard trees (not trees planted along streets) and only a few remaining species. If there are more requests for a given species than trees are available, recipients will be randomly selected.

Planting considerations page:
Review the 2019 tree list:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

Call: 206-684-3979

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USA: Washington: Seattle