Dashboard | 2015-2020
The Community Tree Investment Dashboard shows funding amounts, project types, and describes funding sources. The work featured in the Tree Report is above and beyond the good work that is supported through the City’s annual budget. Over $4.9M has been invested in stewardship projects since the Austin Urban Forest Plan was adopted in 2014. Implementation of the Plan began in 2015.
Investments by Priority Area
An integral tool in our toolkit is the Community Tree Priority Map. The Community Tree Division and partners use this map to identify areas of low to highest priority for urban forest interventions. Many factors go into this analysis from canopy cover, urban heat and air quality to census data related to poverty and obesity.
Over the last five years, 44% ($1,621,686) of funded and mapped projects occurred in the higher priority areas of Austin. 64% of that funding went to the growing category, 30% went to tree care projects, 3% went to informational projects, and 4% supported inspiring projects.
The Community Tree Priority Map is organized into 5 categories: lowest, low, moderate, high, and highest priority. Categories are equally divided into Austin’s census tracks. The top three highest priority areas (moderate, high, highest) represent 60% of Austin's highest scoring census tracks. These highest priority areas of Austin make up approximately 54% of the total land area in Austin. Higher scores mean higher priority for trees and urban forest stewardship investment.
Annual Investments | 2015-2020
This data representation features the amount of funding invested each year since the Urban Forest Plan entered the implementation phase in 2015.
Investments by Subcategory | 2015-2020
This graph shows the funding investments and related measurables over the past 6 years. The Community Tree Report tracks 4 major categories across programs and contracts. These categories are further organized into the subcategories below.
Investment by Sector | 2015-2020
This graph shows the funding investments by sector since 2015.
Investment by Organization | 2015-2020
This graph shows each sector and recipient organization and the total amount of investment they have received.
The Community Tree Preservation Division manages three sources of funding for tree planting and stewardship projects that have a 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 is the primary source of funding for grants and urban forest improvement projects. The fund was established in 2002 to receive income from development-related tree mitigation when on-site mitigation is not possible.
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.
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
There are three primary methods the Community Tree Division uses to increase access to the funding for tree related projects and support Urban Forest Plan goals.
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. Grants are awarded based on the potential to fulfill Urban Forest Plan goals, estimated 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. The program is coordinated by the Community Tree Preservation Division's grant administrator.
Priority programs that may not be appropriate for Grant or Portal applicants 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.