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Tree Legacy




The purpose of the NCUFC Legacy Tree Fund is to provide financial assistance to communities across North Carolina for tree planting projects that help educate North Carolina citizens about the importance of trees and the role they play in improving air and water quality, reducing energy costs, increasing real estate values, providing wildlife habitat, and creating opportunities for residents to relax and enjoy nature. 


Each year, the NCUFC awards grants to community groups, civic associations, block clubs, garden clubs, and other non-profit organizations for urban forestry projects involving tree planting.


Plant Your Legacy!


The Legacy Tree Fund is primarily supported through grants and donations. Without the generosity of NC's citizens, we wouldn't be able to help keep our communities green. Your tax-deductible donation to the Legacy Tree Fund can make all the difference in protecting our urban tree canopy.


Your dollars will directly fund tree planting programs across North Carolina. Click here to download the form to donate by check or make a convenient, secure donation online. Help us reach our goal of planting 10,000 in NC communities!


Interested in Applying for a Grant? Here's How:

Any local government, non-profit community group, or public school can apply for a tree planting grant. We look for projects that have a strong community commitment, meaning that the citizens are actively involved and participate in the tree planting. We also look for projects that have an educational component, engages the citizens in learning about the benefits and care of trees, giving the citizen a better understanding of how to plant and care for a tree.


Your project should fit into one of the following tree planting project categories: 

  • Street Tree Planting: a planting project taking place within the right of way along a city-maintained street, either in a median or between the street and sidewalk area. This type of project should have the participation of homeowners living along the street where the planting is taking place.  
  • Natural Area Planting: a planting project that creates a natural wooded area, demonstrating forest structure, providing habitat for wildlife, etc. The project could be along a creek or river to create a natural canopy. This is not an arboretum type planting  
  • Neighborhood Planting: this type of project would take place within a neighborhood, but not necessarily in the right of way. The trees could be planted on private property, in the front yards, but having a public benefit. This type of planting could also take place in a neighborhood park or public space.  
  • School Project: a tree planting project taking place on public school property with the involvement of the student body.                             
  • Arbor Day Event Planting: a tree planting in honor of Arbor Day. This should be part of a community NC Arbor Day celebration. This is not for a tree giveaway program  
  • Storm Water Management: a tree planting project that is part of a larger stormwater management effort, creating vegetated water catchment areas along a street or parking lot.                    


Past Recipients:

2010 - Town of Norwood

2011 - City of Sanford

2012 - Town of Black Mountain and Cumberland County Schools, Ben Martin Elementary

2013 - Keep Durham Beautiful and City of New Bern

2014 - Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, City of Wilson, and City of Raleigh

2015 - Greater Bath Foundation, Greenville ReLeaf, Asheville Greenworks, Town of Laurel Park

2016 - TreesCharlotte, Sustainable Sandhills, City of Durham, Onslow County

2017 - Wilson County Botanical Gardens and Southwest Renewal Foundation of High Point


Applications will be accepted between Feb. 9th - April 20th. Deadline to submit a proposal is April 20, 2018 by 5:00 PM.


Click here to download the Grant Guidlines and Request for Proposal