Community Tree Investments | 2015-2017
This graph shows the funding investments over the past three years and breaks them out into their major categories and subcategories.
Funding by Sector | 2015-2017
This graph shows the funding investments by sector over the past three years.
Funding by Recipient | 2015-2017
The following graphs show each sector and recipient over the three-year time frame.
The Community Tree Preservation Division manages three sources of funding for tree planting and stewardship projects that have public benefit. They include:
Urban Forest Replenishment Fund (UFRF) | Provides funding for tree planting and maintenance, promoting tree care and preservation, and urban forest conservation. This fund is made possible by development fees for tree removals on private property.
Planting for the Future Fund (PFF) | This is a Trust in Agency Fund dedicated to “tree planting, tree materials, tree education, and tree preservation, the primary purpose being the purchase of trees…”. This fund is made possible by donations from the public and development impacts to trees on public property.
Austin Energy Urban Heat Fund (AEUHF) | Provided annually by Austin Energy this allotment is dedicated to funding tree planting, as trees are an important tool to combat the effects of urban heat.
Funding Channels + Access
The Community Tree Preservation Division provides access to the funds, and checks and balances to the use of the funding in the following ways:
Urban Forest Grant
This program is available to community members, non-profits, and government institutions. It is co-managed by the Community Tree Preservation Division grant manager and the Austin Community Foundation. Grant amounts are not limited, and approval is dictated by the fulfillment of Urban Forest Plan goals, return on investment, and quality of project proposal.
Urban Forest Funding Portal
This program is internal to City of Austin departments and seeks to support tree planting, care, and education programs that go above and beyond what is already supported by department budgets. It is accessed by staff through a simple application and reporting process which can be found on the City's intranet site. The program is coordinated by the Community Tree Preservation Division's grant administrator.
Priority programs are contracted out to vendors in the community. By leveraging the use of contracts, the Community Tree Preservation Division can ensure that programs deemed critical are consistently supported year after year.