Connecting people with local food sources

Since 2012, Tree Canada has completed over 220 Edible Trees projects and planted over 19,000 fruit and nut trees in communities across Canada.

Eligible projects receive up to $10,000 in funding to cover the cost of purchasing and planting edible trees and shrubs, site preparation, tree maintenance, planting materials and developing education materials.

Benefits of Edible Trees in our Communities

Edible trees can help address some of the challenges that affect people living in urban areas. They are a beneficial addition to any community.

Increased Access to Healthy Food

While about 1 in 10 Canadians have experienced food insecurity, planting edible trees is a common-sense approach to providing nutritious food.

Improved Physical and Mental Health

Food insecurity is often reported alongside poor physical and mental health, and multiple chronic conditions.

Stronger Community Ties

Edible trees help to strengthen social ties and build a greater sense of community.


How It Works

After a grant is awarded, Tree Canada offers logistical support from our national office and on-the-ground support from one of our community advisors.

Grant recipients are also invited to participate in a series of webinars to guide them in selecting appropriate tree species for their planting site as well as maintenance tips.

Application Period

Grant applications are accepted from October to early December the year before project implementation. We inform applicants by the following March if their project has received a grant or not.

Projects must be completed by the following spring or fall. Projects may also be waitlisted in case a new funding opportunity arises.


Funding is available to educational institutions, Indigenous communities, community groups or gardens, food banks, community housing projects, municipalities, or other groups interested in planting edible trees on publicly accessible sites.


Up to $10,000 per project

Did you know?

We’ve consolidated the most important information about this grant in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions page.

Read the FAQ

Hear from a Past Grant Recipient

“The funds provided by Tree Canada allowed us to further an important community project that will demonstrate the edible plants that historically provided sustenance to Langley residents; to establish an edible forest for the benefit of people and wildlife; and educate youth about edible landscapes and engage them in tree planting for the benefit of their community. This project facilitated meaningful community partnerships and engaged volunteers in civic action for the betterment of people and wildlife.”

– Nicole Marples, Executive Director, Langley Environmental Partners Society, Langley, British Columbia

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Grant amount: up to $10,000

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