Apply for a Mini-Grant

Does your organization want to plant more trees on its property — or remove honeysuckle or other invasive woody plants — if only you had the manpower, expertise, training, or funds?

Taking Root invites you to complete a Mini-Grant application. Maximum grant awards are currently $500 because of funding limitations, and preference will be given to projects that include additional funds from other sources.

Your application (combined with others) will provide Taking Root with evidence for demonstrating financial need to potential funding sources. Within six months after receiving your application, we will contact you about the funding outlook of the Mini-Grants program and your individual application.


  • Projects should be community based. Typical projects include community street trees, schools, non-profit organizations, parks, churches and other public campuses.
  • Applications must be fully completed and contain a detailed budget of how funds will be spent and a 2-3 year care plan for the newly planted trees.
  • When preparing your application, please consider the following: Your project should be “shovel ready” and will need to be completed by the end of the grant term, July 31st for spring and December 31st for fall.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications MUST be submitted online. Hard copies will NOT be accepted.
  • Please note that failure to complete your project within the grant period or submit a final project report may result in the return of awarded funds to Taking Root.


For spring projects
Applications should be submitted between September 1 and December 31. You will be notified by the end of February if your project is selected.

For fall projects
Applications should be submitted between March 1 and June 30. You will be notified by the end of August if your project is selected.

All applicants will be notified of their application status whether or not the project is chosen for funding.



  1. Review the application questions. You may want to write out your responses in a Word document or other text editor, then paste them into the appropriate fields in the online application.
  2. We are happy to answer your questions, however, in order to keep the application process unbiased, we can’t help you develop your project or plans. If your project is selected, we are happy to offer our expertise to help you refine your plans.

Recent Mini-Grant Projects

From 2016-2018, Taking Root awarded 29 Mini-Grants to 24 organizations. Funding ranged from $2000 (eleven grants) to less than $1000 (seven grants), with some applicants adding funds from their own or other sources. Project scale ranged from the planting of three trees in an urban parking lot to reforestation that added trees, seedlings and shrubs to areas cleared of honeysuckle.

For the most part, this program has added trees to school grounds (10), parks or preserves (8) or urban neighborhoods (8), including street tree plantings in four neighborhoods. Projects have occurred throughout the region: Hamilton County accounted for about 60% and the rest were in Ohio’s Butler, Clermont and Warren Counties and Kentucky’s Campbell and Kenton Counties.

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