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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Funding for Edible Trees

Edible Trees

  Funding for this program was generously provided by:

**Thank you for the overwhelming response to our Edible Trees Program. We had over 200 applications which we are carefully reviewing. We hope to have a decision made quickly so that you can order the trees and shrubs for your projects as soon as
possible. Selected projects will be notified by email/phone.

Planting Fruit & Nut Trees for the CommunityThe purpose of the Edible Trees program is to offer funding of up to $4,000 and other resources for community-based projects that provide residents with access to fresh fruit and nut trees while making a positive difference to the Canadian environment including:
  • Provide shade
  • Absorb and deflect solar radiation
  • Improve air quality
  • Absorb and filter water
  • Create habitat for wildlife
Funding is available, but not limited to, community gardening groups, community housing projects, schools, parks and arboretums.  Applications are available for download here.
Important Dates
All applications must be received by February 28, 2012.
Final Reports and projects must be completed by September 30, 2012.
Note: The number of projects will be based on available funding. In 2012 it is projected that approximately 15 projects will be funded.
Application Criteria
Tree Canada will consider projects that meet the following criteria:
  •  Increases  equitable access to healthy food
  • Strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown food resources
  • Benefits the local community by providing access to the trees and their fruit by the public ( i.e. food banks, volunteers, community kitchens)
  • Meets the needs of the community and includes creative plans for the produce grown
  • Takes place within a geographic area suitable for growing fruit and nut trees
  • Protects and preserves the Canadian environment
  • Assists residents in understanding and participating in environmental activities in local communities.
Contributions will not be made towards the following:
  • Projects on private residential property;
  • Lobbying or advocacy activities;
  • Projects completed before the application is reviewed;
  • Projects taking place outside of Canada;
  • Salaries (where salaries represent a significant proportion of the total amount requested);
  • Projects that benefit individuals or businesses.
Eligible Project Costs may include:
  • Site preparation
  • Calliper tree(s) purchase
  • Materials (guards, mulch, stakes, mycorrhizal fungal associate)
  • 3-year maintenance fund
  • Site supervision and assessments
  • Workshop delivery
Application Evaluation
Tree Canada staff review the Edible Trees applications and make recommendations for funding support according to the established guidelines. They are evaluated on the following basis:
  • Innovation: Demonstrated understanding of the purpose of the program and in designing a creative program that promotes innovative practice.
  • Community Involvement: Demonstrated ability to involve the community, other not-for-profit organizations and volunteers.
  • Technical Expertise: Demonstrated capacity that the expertise is present or can be sought to guide the applicants in its efforts. Grant recipients may be encouraged to use a portion of their funding to include an educational component.
  • Promotion: A commitment to publicize the Program, including program partners, Tree Canada and Funders, in a variety of ways that may include a launch event, press release and reaching out to local print media.
  • Evaluation: That a system is in place at the community level to evaluate the success of the program 3 years into the future.