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Help Us Grow the Tree Canopy


Now accepting funding applications for tree projects! The granting cycle closes on April 26, 2024. Grant recipients will be notified by May 31, 2024. The maximum grant amount to be awarded per application is $100,000.

 

As a result of several opportunities and issues facing the residents of Lexington over the past several years, there has been an unprecedented level of concern for our city’s tree canopy. Upon hearing these concerns and during discussions on how the City would allocate its share of COVID relief funds, the Urban County Council and the administration chose to allocate funds to growing Lexington’s tree canopy.

In February 2022, the Council authorized $1.5 Million from City funds to improve Lexington’s tree canopy. The funds were placed with the Division of Environmental Services to oversee their expenditure. The Tree Canopy Ad Hoc Committee was formed to provide input to the Division about how the funds should be allocated. The Committee created the Lex Grow Trees campaign, which is dedicated to addressing tree canopy inequalities in Lexington and sharing accurate information about ongoing projects and initiatives.

 

Four areas of focus that Lex Grow Trees determined are:

  • Mobilization of community and neighborhood tree advocates and stewards
  • Tree planting
  • Tree maintenance
  • Tree education