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Urban Tree Challenge Fund

Urban Tree Challenge Fund
3 April 2020 No comments

Looking for funding to support your urban tree planting scheme? The Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) was developed in response to HM Treasury releasing £10 million in the 2018 Autumn Budget announcement for planting at least 20,000 large trees and 110,000 small trees in urban areas in England.

Round 1 was for large projects. Round 2, which has just opened for applications, is for individual applications and for small tree planting.

The application window for Round 2 is open from 30 March to 31 May 2020.

When you are ready to progress, British Hardwood Tree Nursery is here to help as a one stop shop for all your tree plants and planting accessories.

The UTCF is open to anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas in England, as long as you have full management control or consent to use the land for the duration of your agreement and your planting location is within an urban area.

The fund provides 50% of published standard costs for planting and establishment. The remaining costs of planting and establishing trees supported under the UTCF must be met through match funding, either in the form of money or labour.

The UTCF is a competitive fund and your application will be scored and ranked to identify projects that will provide the greatest environmental and social benefits to an area. Value for money may also be taken into account, with additional points being awarded where applications demonstrate this (for example, by containing a higher number of trees relative to competing applications).

Anyone is able to apply for the Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF), as long as you either have full management control over the land or signed consent from those with management control over the land for the duration of the Agreement.

Find out more information and apply online here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/urban-tree-challenge-fund