Who Can Apply
Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 are available to non profit organizations with 501(c)(3)
status and their partners, such as community gardeners, friends of parks, schools and
library groups, civic and neighborhood associations, etc. Organizations without tax-exempt
status can apply with a 501(c)(3) organization serving as the fiscal agent.
How to Apply
Complete and submit a GBG application form, a property owner consent form and a
watering & maintenance agreement. Site visits for all applications will be conducted
to inspect site for appropriateness of tree species selection. Applicants will be notified of decisions.
What are Eligible Projects
Trees must be planted in the City of Boston, with volunteers, in publicly accessible
areas such as schools, greenways, gardens, parks, grounds of health and social service
agencies, and in projects of community development corporations (CDC), etc. The
program is focusing on neighborhoods underserved by tree canopy as identified in the report
State of the Urban Forest, by the Urban Ecology Institute, Spring 2008.
Many different trees can be planted with grant funding. See the tree list for recommended tree species.
In order to maximize the amount of tree canopy provided by the grant, eligible projects will have a minimum
tree caliper of 1”. Larger tree sizes are encouraged. To increase environmental impact, group plantings of
five or more trees are encouraged.
Funds must be used only
for tree purchases, delivery costs and initial planting supplies (e.g. mulch, compost, stakes, tree gators). A maintenance plan must be completed and submitted which includes a signed watering agreement for the first
three years after planting. Trees need to be planted in a reasonable time frame.
What is NOT Eligible
GBG funds cannot be used for private, no-access locations. GBG funds cannot be used to buy seedlings.
Street tree plantings are not eligible for funding under this grant program.
Funds cannot be used for tools, contractor costs, or other labor involved in planting the trees. Funds are
for the initial tree costs only, not for the follow up maintenance period.
Training and Support
If funded, at least one representative of each project is required to attend a mandatory two-hour training
session regarding site selection, planting and maintenance of trees, and the management of volunteers.
To ensure proper completion of the project, while providing enough capital to begin, the grant will
be awarded in a 60% pre-project, 40% post project distribution. Upon the project’s completion, copies of
receipts must be mailed to BNAN. If the project costs less than the initial grant distribution, the grant
recipient must refund the excess distribution to BNAN. BNAN representatives will complete a follow-up site visit
to ensure the satisfactory completion of the project.
For Spring 2013 grant round (view photos from recent grants here)
||Request for Proposals
|3/25/13 to 3/29/13
||Training Session (Mandatory)
||Projects begin; initial funds released
||Project wrap up; follow-up site visits conducted; final funds released.