Apply for a CN EcoConnexions — From the Ground Up grant!

Make your community a greener and healthier place to live through tree planting!

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View our other community greening programs here:
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Step 1

Please read our guidelines below

  • Who can apply?

    Funding is available to municipalities, Indigenous communities, local community groups, business improvement associations, and not-for-profit organizations.

    Projects can be located on public properties throughout the community and not necessarily near the rail line. Projects cannot be on CN-owned lands.

    Communities which have received CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up funding in the past are encouraged to re-apply.

  • What types of projects are supported?

    Projects should address local issues and provide a means for engagement at the local level by indicating how local community groups and service clubs would be involved and are in support of the project.

    Tree Canada will consider projects that meet the following criteria with an emphasis on new ideas and innovative methods for greening initiatives:

    • Your community is along the CN network
    • The project takes place on public property
    • The project includes a celebratory community media event in Fall 2018
    • The goal of the project is to enhance green spaces
    • The major portion of the project is to plant trees and shrubs
    • Projects will be completed in the 2018 calendar year

  • How are applications evaluated?

    Applications will be evaluated, on a point system, for the thoroughness of the submission in meeting the criteria in each of the following areas:

    • Proposed project: the project addresses a community need using urban forestry or green infrastructure and demonstrates lasting community benefit
    • Community engagement: demonstrated ability for community involvement and engagement in the project and a plan for maintaining interest into the future
    • Media event and recognition: a commitment to publicize the program in a variety of ways with details including: program publicity and promotion; media coverage; logo usage; and a plan for a celebratory community media event that engages local stakeholders such as community groups, youth organizations, volunteers, community leaders (at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels), representatives of CN and Tree Canada
    • Maintenance plan: resolutions or commitments to ongoing project maintenance including tree protection and care
    • Technical expertise: demonstrated capacity that the expertise is present or can be sought to implement the project
    • Budget: preference will be given to projects with a high ratio of planting and that can demonstrate multiple funding sources. A minimum of 50% matching funding for the project must come from other sources (such as your municipality, service club, donations, etc.) and can include in-kind contributions.

  • Available Funding

    CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up will provide funding up to $25,000 per project, however it will not fund 100% of project costs. A minimum of 50% matching funding must come from other sources.

    Please note that Tree Canada will reimburse project expenses for approved grants upon receipt of the final report and supporting documentation.

  • Eligible & Ineligible Expenses

    The following is a list of eligible and non-eligible components for funding under this program:


    • Site preparation related to the planting (e.g. grading, bed preparation)
    • Purchase and planting of trees and shrubs
    • Materials related to the trees/shrubs covered under the grant (e.g. tree guards, mulch, stakes, mycorrhizae fungal associate)
    • Maintenance pertaining to planting such as Gator bags, irrigation equipment if installed at same time as trees are being planted
    • Educational materials and promotional material to inform community on the project


    • Invasive species such as Norway maple and its cultivars or any ash species due to the Emerald Ash Borer*
    • Salaries for planning and administration
    • Removal of large areas of concrete or modifications to existing infrastructure
    • Hard landscape components such as irrigation (if trees are not being planted), paving, infrastructure, benches
    • Projects on private residential property
    • Projects completed before the application is reviewed

Important note

Tree Canada encourages the use of native species and will not fund the planting or maintenance of invasive species. For a list of invasive plants and why they are a problem for Canadian ecosystems please consult the Environment Canada website: https://www.ec.gc.ca/eee-ias/. If you are uncertain about the species you want to plant, please consult with a certified arborist, registered professional forester or Tree Canada prior to submitting your application.

For questions concerning eligibility and application support, please contact: Sarah Quann at squann@treecanada.ca.

Step 2

Apply for a CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up grant by filling out the application.

CN EcoConnexions application

Applications now closed for 2018. Thank you to all of our applicants. Successful recipients will be announced in June 2018.


For questions concerning eligibility and application support, please contact: Sarah Quann at squann@treecanada.ca.