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Carla Hardy West Virginia Project CommuniTree (CTree)

In-Kind Grants to West Virginia Organizations, Schools, IHEs,
and Agencies to Plant Trees in Public Areas in Eligible Regions

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Carla Hardy West Virginia Project CommuniTree (CTree)

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In-kind grants to West Virginia organizations, schools, IHEs, and agencies of tree planting kits and technical assistance in eligible regions. Funding is intended to promote planting trees on publicly used lands. Programs must incorporate the use of volunteers and have an educational component. Project must take place on publicly-used property in the Potomac Highlands. Potomac Highlands include the eight counties of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia: Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, and Pendleton counties.

CTree is “growing communities from the ground up” by providing volunteers technical assistance, trees, and planting supplies for planting on public land. Groups identify the planting location, develop a planting plan with CI staff, and organize their volunteers for planting day and follow-up maintenance.

The ultimate goal of CTree is to protect rivers and watersheds by reducing stormwater runoff pollution to help restore local streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. To achieve this goal, CTree promotes planting urban trees on publicly-used lands in the Potomac Highlands.

  • “Urban trees” are the trees residents live with, the trees that grace the towns, neighborhoods, parks, schools, and roadsides.  Urban trees protect West Virginia’s rivers by reducing stormwater runoff pollution. They provide many additional environmental, social, and economic benefits to communities.  
  • “Publicly-used lands” include public properties (schools, parks, road right-of-ways, etc.) as well as privately-owned properties that serve a public or community function (HOA common areas, churches, cemeteries, etc.)
  • “Potomac Highlands” are the eight counties of the eastern panhandle of WV (Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, and Pendleton counties).

Additional goals for CTree include:

  • Increasing urban tree canopy in the Potomac Highlands
  • Fostering an increased awareness of local water quality issues
  • Educating volunteers on the benefits of trees and proper tree selection and care
  • Promoting long-term tree care programs within participating communities
  • Connecting volunteers with resources to make positive changes in their communities

The Funding Source prioritizes projects that engage whole communities and strive for diversity and inclusiveness. 


  • Project must take place on publicly-used property in the Potomac Highlands
  • Demonstrate strong volunteer and education objectives in their proposal
  • Explain the ecological, social, and environmental benefits of their tree planting
  • Fulfill the volunteer contribution requirement through volunteerism or material donations

CTree Kits:

Cacapon Institute has prepared a list of suggested “CTree Kits” so that successful applicants do not have to take responsibility for purchasing trees and materials.  If awarded, Cacapon Institute will purchase your trees, as well as tubes, stakes, cages, etc. at a wholesale rate and deliver them in the form of a “CTree Kit” to one of four pickup locations. For more information, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180670

Estimated Size of Grant:

Free trees for public spaces (parks, roadsides, schools, faith-based institutions, etc.).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cacapon Institute welcomes applications from any community-based organization, including:
- Service, youth, civic, and social organizations
- Faith-based organizations of all denominations
- Tree boards, watershed groups, and other environmental service organizations
- Public and independent K-12 schools, as well as other educational institutions
- Municipal, county, regional, and state institutions

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted for spring and fall plantings. Deadlines: July 1 (fall projects), February 1 (spring projects)

Application and Project Timeline – Spring Planting
- Pre-Proposal Due: February 1st
- Award Notification: February 15th
- Welcome Packets Due: February 15th
- Planting Season: April 1st – May 15th
- Project Leader Reporting Due: May 16
- CTree Care & Maintenance: Ongoing

Application and Project Timeline – Fall Planting
- Pre-Proposal Due: July 1st
- Award Notification: July 15th
- Welcome Packets Due: August 15th
- Planting Season: October 1st – November 15th
- Project Leader Reporting Due: December 1st
- CTree Care & Maintenance: Ongoing

Participants must fulfill the $1,500 volunteer contribution through volunteerism or material donations. For more information, see

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Once your application is complete, please send your application:
- By email (preferred), to Cacapon Institute at
- By postal service, to Cacapon Institute c/o WV Project CommuniTree at: 10 Rockford Road, Great Cacapon, WV 25422

Groups are encouraged to contact Cacapon Institute’s Communitree Coordinator, Jeff Iliff directly with any questions or concerns by emailing the address above or by calling 540-335-0687.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia: Potomac Highlands: Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, and Pendleton Counties.

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