At Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, we believe everyone should have access to trees and the many benefits they provide. That's why we've partnered with the City of Toronto to offer the Every Tree Counts Granting Program. Each year, with funding from the City of Toronto, the Foundation is able to offer grants to stimulate and sustain community engagement in support of the City's Every Tree Counts tree planting and stewardship movement. The result is more trees in our yards, more trees in our communities, and more trees in our city.
One of the key funding streams under the Every Tree Counts Granting Program is the Community Grants. This granting stream supports inclusive, community-driven tree planting and stewardship projects so eligible organizations can implement tree planting and tree care initiatives that will have a sustainable impact on Toronto’s tree canopy and provide meaningful engagement opportunities for residents across the City. In Fall 2018, the Foundation is pleased to have awarded $350,000 in grants to support the following eight new tree planting projects in Toronto:
RECIPIENT: University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry
Project Name: Toronto's Native Trees: A Seed Source for Tree Planting
Project Description: Through native tree giveaways and targeted outreach, this project will develop a network of community partnerships that builds on University of Toronto’s locally-sourced, native tree supply-chain database for use in private land restoration of Toronto's urban forest.
RECIPIENT: FoodShare Toronto
Project Name: Schoolyard Orchard and Shelter Bed
Project Description: FoodShare will plant a 10,000 square foot schoolyard orchard and shelter bed at their new two-acre school farm being established at Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute. This will be the largest school farm in Ontario and will include 400 trees with the goal to engage youth in tree care and stewardship.
RECIPIENT: St. Margaret’s Anglican Church with Long Branch Neighbourhood Association
Project Name: Long Branch Remembers
Project Description: This project will scale up, expand and create new native tree planting, education and stewardship initiatives in the Long Branch Neighbourhood. This project will build on the groundwork laid through a series of Tree For Me events to include large scale tree plantings.
RECIPIENT: Tides Canada Initiatives Society - Not Far From The Tree
Project Description: As many of Toronto’s existing fruit trees reach the end of their lifespans, Not Far From The Tree will engage their volunteer and tree registrant base in fruit tree care, stewardship, and planting to ensure the lasting health of Toronto's urban fruit tree canopy.
RECIPIENT: Parkdale Intercultural Association
Project Name: Parkdale Tree Project
Project Description: This project invites newcomer Parkdale residents to grow Toronto’s tree canopy by facilitating tree planting on private property in Parkdale. The project will draw on Parkdale Intercultural Association’s existing settlement services to engage residents in planting native trees and shrubs and will include a series of workshops on tree maintenance.
RECIPIENT: York University with Regenesis
Project Description: This project will engage community members to plant over 2,000 trees on university campuses, local residences, and housing co-ops. The project focuses on student- and youth-based volunteer engagement, community awareness-building, education, and long-term community commitment to tree care.
RECIPIENT: The Living City Foundation with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Black Creek SNAP Program
Project Name: Ravine Tree Planting and Tree Planting Program for Single Family Homes
Project Description: The Ravine Tree Planting (TRCA land) and Tree Planting Program for Single Family Homes brings three programs with a proven record of success in increasing native trees and shrubs, within a single programming umbrella. Programming activities will result in the planting of over 2,500 native trees, and will involve community beneficiaries from single-family homeowners to multi-unit residential building residents.
RECIPIENT: Working Women Community Centre
Project Name: The Golden Mile Tree Project
Project Description: The Golden Mile Tree Project will develop capacity with local youth and residents in the Golden Mile area and connect the neighbourhood redevelopment to the planting of trees on private property.
We're very excited to watch these projects unfold and make a difference in the lives of communities across Toronto. Check back for details and updates as projects take shape in 2019!