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									Trees for Tomorrow




   Program Guide 2008
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1     Program Overview .................................................................................................................. 2

    1.1      Purpose............................................................................................................................ 2

    1.2      Amount of Funding......................................................................................................... 3

2     Eligibility ................................................................................................................................ 4

    2.1      Eligible Applicants.......................................................................................................... 4

    2.2      Eligible Projects:............................................................................................................. 4

    2.3      Ineligible Projects: .......................................................................................................... 5

    2.4      Eligible Costs .................................................................................................................. 5

    2.5      Ineligible Costs include: ................................................................................................. 6

3     Application Process ................................................................................................................ 6

    3.1      Application Limit............................................................................................................ 6

    3.2      How to Apply ................................................................................................................ 6

    3.3      Grant Recipient Responsibilities..................................................................................... 7

    3.4      Application Notes ........................................................................................................... 7

    3.5      Where to Apply............................................................................................................... 7

    3.6      Application Deadline ...................................................................................................... 8

    3.7      Application Review and Selection Criteria..................................................................... 8




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1 Program Overview

 1.1 Purpose

    The Province of British Columbia (Province) is taking decisive action to reduce
    greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. Trees for Tomorrow will provide
    opportunities for every community in B.C. to help sequester carbon, beautify public
    spaces and make their communities greener and healthier.

    Over the next five years, four million trees will be planted in urban and rural areas
    throughout B.C. resulting in the absorption of approximately one million tonnes of
    carbon dioxide (over the biological life of planted trees), increasing energy efficiency in
    communities and regenerating urban Mountain Pine Beetle affected areas.

    Trees for Tomorrow will complement the development of safe, healthy and green
    communities, support the Province’s climate change initiatives to reduce energy
    consumption and GHG emissions, and link with other provincial programs.

    Trees for Tomorrow will mobilize and engage community groups, neighbourhoods and
    individuals across B.C. in urban afforestation opportunities and educational workshops.

    The February 12, 2008 Throne Speech stated: “A new Trees for Tomorrow program will
    launch a large, urban afforestation initiative. Millions of trees will be planted in
    backyards, schoolyards, hospital grounds, civic parks, campuses, parking lots and other
    public spaces in B.C. Major investments in tree nurseries will be made to assist this
    initiative. These new trees will help clean our air and ‘lock away’ carbon dioxide that
    would otherwise contribute to global warming.”

    The Province is leading the way to stop the growth of GHG and has set a goal to reduce
    emissions by at least 33 percent below current levels by 2020. The Province is investing
    in a range of climate change initiatives that are designed to engage all elements of society
    and encourage environmentally friendly choices by individuals, business and
    communities.




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   Objectives for Trees for Tomorrow are the following:

   Environmental
      1. to significantly increase B.C.’s carbon sink through urban afforestation;
      2. to expand urban forests, enabling local governments to meet their Climate Action
          Charter obligations;
      3. to accelerate the forest regeneration of Mountain Pine Beetle affected urban areas;
          and
      4. to contribute to achieving zero net deforestation policy;


   Economic
      1. to facilitate major investments in local tree nurseries through purchase of
         inventory; and
      2. to contribute to energy savings in communities;

   Social
      1. to transform spaces into areas where residents can be physically and socially
          active;
      2. to promote the value of urban afforestation through education and extension; and
      3. to optimize the strategic and continued involvement of youth and other
          community organizations.

1.2 Amount of Funding
   Trees for Tomorrow is a $13 million program.

   Individual grant awards will not exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. Funding from
   the Ministry of Community Development is available up to a maximum of $50,000 per
   project. The remainder of the total cost of the project must come from other sources.
   Contributions to the project from sources other than the Province may be in the form of
   cash, in-kind support, or a combination of both. In-kind support may include donations
   of:
       • plant material;
       • tools, planting equipment, and office space;
       • volunteer time for research / planning, project implementation, or tree planting;
       • consultative contributions from professionals, elders, or academics;
       • discounts offered on purchased items and services;
       • any other donated goods or services that contribute to covering the costs of the
           project; and
       • long term commitment to nurturing and maintenance of trees.

   For example, a company may donate 300 native trees or a school may volunteer 50 youth
   for two hours each. These count as in-kind contributions to the project for which the
   applicant can attribute a fair market value.




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     Evergreen, a not-for-profit charitable organization, may contribute funding toward Trees
     for Tomorrow projects.

2 Eligibility

 2.1 Eligible Applicants
     To be eligible, projects must be located within B.C.

     Applications will be accepted from:
        • local governments;
        • First Nations;
        • institutional landowners (e.g. hospitals, universities); and
        • school districts / schools.

     Environment / stewardship groups, may apply in partnership with any of the eligible
     applicants listed above.

     All funds will be granted directly to the eligible applicant. Community groups are invited
     to apply in partnership with an eligible applicant. A Certification Form signed by the
     eligible applicant or a signed letter verifying the accuracy of the application must be
     included in the application.

 2.2 Eligible Projects
     Funding is available through Trees for Tomorrow for projects that support urban
     afforestation. Project sites can include city streets, schoolyards, hospital grounds, civic
     parks, campuses, parking lots and other public spaces.

     Eligible Projects must:
         • increase B.C.’s carbon sink through urban afforestation;
         • expand urban forests and green spaces to provide local governments with an
             opportunity to meet their Climate Action Charter obligations;
         • transform spaces into areas where residents can be active;
         • contribute to energy savings in communities; and
         • contribute to achieving the zero net deforestation target.

     As well, eligible projects must:
        • have positive, measurable impacts on the urban forest;
        • fulfill goals or objectives as outlined in relevant management plans (if
            applicable);
        • demonstrate a commitment of support and involvement of community members;
            and
        • generate awareness within the community about the values of urban afforestation
            and the long-term benefits of an urban forest;


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    If you have an idea for a project but are not sure if it meets the criteria of Trees for
    Tomorrow, please contact Evergreen at:

    1-866-T4T-9034 (1-866-848-9034)

    Trees for Tomorrow
    c/o Evergreen
    # 404 - 134 Abbott Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V6B 2K4

    Email: bsinclair@evergreen.ca

    Project Categories

    Eligible project categories include:
        • BC150 Groves: Funding will be available to communities to plant BC150 groves
            – groves of trees planted as a BC150 legacy, celebrating B.C.’s 150th anniversary
            since becoming a Crown Colony.
        • CommuniTree Program: Matching funding is available for the planting of trees
            (one to three gallon pots) in community and regional parks, boulevards, parking
            lots and other public spaces.
        • Urban Mountain Pine Beetle Affected Area Renewal: Funding is available for
            the planting of one to two year old seedlings. This aspect of the initiative requires
            the mapping and inventory of urban areas impacted by the mountain pine beetle.

    The purchase of trees can be made through your local nursery. Purchase of seedlings can
    be made through your local nursery or through the forest licencee operating in your
    region.

2.3 Ineligible Projects
    Projects must meet the criteria of Trees for Tomorrow as outlined in the Program
    Guidelines. Projects will be deemed ineligible if:
       • the project is already completed or underway;
       • permission has not be granted by the landowner / manager; or
       • projects will take place on private home owner’s land.

2.4 Eligible Costs
    The Province will fund up to 50% of a project. Funding is available up to a maximum of
    $50,000 per project.




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     Eligible costs include:
         • trees and shrubs;
         • seedlings (in the case of urban Mountain Pine Beetle affected area renewal only);
             and
         • mulch, tree guards and mulch mats.

 2.5 Ineligible Costs
     Ineligible costs include:
         • GST (municipalities receive a 100% federal government rebate on GST paid);
         • land acquisition;
         • human resources and consultants; and
         • equipment and materials.


3 Application Process

 3.1 Application Limit

     Each applicant is allowed to submit one application per deadline. Applications will be
     accepted from more than one organization for different projects within the same
     community.

 3.2 How to Apply
     Step 1: After reading the Trees for Tomorrow Program Guidelines contact the Evergreen
     office to discuss the project. Evergreen will be pleased to provide advice on the
     eligibility of the project, answer any questions, and provide advice on how to complete
     the application.

     Step 2: Download and complete the Trees for Tomorrow Application Form available on
     the Trees for Tomorrow website.

     Step 3: Prepare and copy all supporting documentation that will be submitted with the
     completed Application Form. This may include maps, work plans, photos, council
     resolutions, and consultant’s proposal. All application packages must include:
        • draft site plan for the proposed project site;
        • Certification Form or letter verifying the accuracy of the application;
        • letters of support from project partners, including funding, in-kind and volunteer
            commitments;
        • letter of permission from Eligible Applicant (for partner applicant only);
        • proposed project budget; and
        • project timeline.



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    Step 5: Email the completed Application Form and supporting documentation to
    Evergreen. Make sure that everything identified on the Applicant Checklist has been
    satisfied. Incomplete packages may delay consideration of the application.

    Step 6: Mail all your signed letters of support from project partners, signed Certification
    Form from the land manager, and all materials that could not be emailed (eg. landscape
    plans, maps).

3.3 Grant Recipient Responsibilities
    If the project is selected, successful applicants are required to:
         • obtain all necessary regulatory permits and approvals;
         • inform Evergreen of all events, including planting events, public consultations
            and all other public activities at least two months before the event date, or as early
            as possible.
         • submit “before” and “after” photos, photos of community planting events, as well
            as any copies of clippings and newsletters; and
         • submit a final report detailing the project budget, number of trees planted, number
            of volunteers engaged, perceived quantitative and qualitative benefits, successes,
            and lessons learned throughout your project.

3.4 Application Notes
    Each project requires a completed Application Form and supporting documentation.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that full and accurate information is submitted to
    Evergreen. Applications with incomplete information will not be considered until all
    necessary information has been submitted. Please ensure that all necessary information is
    attached and all the appropriate boxes have been completed. If supporting documentation
    is absent, or a question is not applicable to the project, please provide a brief explanation.

    All information collected is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of
    Privacy Act. The information being collected is for the purpose of administering Trees for
    Tomorrow and will be used for the purpose of evaluating eligibility. Any questions about
    the collection, use or disclosure of this information should contact Evergreen.

3.5 Where to Apply
    Your completed Application Form should be emailed to Evergreen at:

    bsinclair@evergreen.ca




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    Please mail the signed Certification Form, Letters of Support, and supporting
    documentation to:

    Trees for Tomorrow
    c/o Evergreen
    #404-134 Abbott Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V6B 2K4

3.6 Application Deadline
    All Application Forms and supporting documentation must be received by Evergreen by
    June 30, 2009 in order to be considered for the 2008 round of approvals.

    For subsequent deadlines, please refer to the Trees for Tomorrow website:
    www.treesfortomorrow.gov.bc.ca

3.7 Application Review and Selection Criteria
    Project selection criteria will be based on the following:

    Ecologically Sound Project and Site Plan
    All applicants are strongly encouraged to have an urban forest management plan in place
    or in development. Trees that are selected must be appropriate for their location and be
    planted and maintained in a manner that maximizes their chance of thriving. Every effort
    must be made to plant native species. Information, native species lists and appropriate
    planting methods are available on the Trees for Tomorrow website:
    www.treesfortomorrow.gov.bc.ca

    Volunteer and Community Engagement
    Applicants must demonstrate capacity and experience required to effectively attract,
    engage and maintain community volunteers and stewards. Priority will be given to
    projects that engage a wide range of the community (e.g. schools, youth groups, First
    Nations, seniors, etc.).

    Linkages with other Provincial Government Initiatives
    Applicants must identify and indicate linkages to other Province initiatives such as
    ActNow BC, BC150 celebrations, BC Community Development Trust, Climate Action
    Charters, LiveSmart BC Green Cities Awards, and the Ministry of Forests and Range’s
    Forests for Tomorrow.

    Communications Protocol
    An effective communications strategy must be in place, which includes appropriate
    profile for all supportive partners and stakeholders on promotional items, interpretive site
    signage, and other materials.



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Stewardship, Monitoring and Long-term Sustainability
Projects must have a plan for ongoing maintenance and stewardship (including
monitoring) of the project site to ensure the optimum life expectancy of the trees.
Commitments from the eligible applicant or agreements with local stewardship groups
will be accepted.

Reporting and Evaluation
All applicants are required to provide a final report detailing the number of trees and
shrubs planted, the number of volunteers engaged, number of volunteer hours, and other
relevant quantitative measurable result. Final reports should also include successes and
challenges you faced throughout your project, project milestones and qualitative
outcomes.

Regional Representation
Proposals are encouraged from all communities, in all regions of B.C., in order to ensure
regional representation.




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