Street Tree Grant Program

Tree canopy

To encourage neighborhoods to plant or replace street trees and improve the street tree canopy, the Town of Holly Springs established a Street Tree Grant Program.

The purpose of the grant program is to assist Holly Springs residents and property owners with the planting and replacement of street trees adjacent to their homes or properties.  Some streets were developed without street trees, and others have trees that are dead, missing or in poor condition. Trees planted through this program will improve the overall health of the Holly Springs urban forest.

Through the new Street Tree Grant Program, homeowner associations, neighborhood groups, individuals and community organizations were invited to apply for funding for purchasing, planting and mulching street trees in Holly Springs.

Applications were due Sept. 15.


  • Individuals can apply for up to $750 and groups can apply for up to $5,000 through the grant program.
  • For approved projects, the grant amount will be paid only when installation is completed and receipts are submitted to the Holly Springs Development Services Department
  • Receipts and invoices must be submitted to the Town of Holly Springs Development Services by June 1, 2022 to receive reimbursement funds.
  • Approved grant recipients must complete a vendor form with the Town of Holly Springs Finance Department prior to payment. 
  • If the project's actual costs are less than the cost estimates, the maximum amount paid by the town shall not exceed 100% of the actual costs or the approved funding amount, whichever is less. In no case shall a grant be issued higher than the original approved grant amount. 

Eligible Projects

  • Projects must enhance the community forest and can include the purchase, planting, and mulching of street trees. 
  • Tree and stump removal can be funded if in conjunction with street tree replanting. 
  • Funding will not be provided for tree maintenance or non-tree-related improvements. The location of work must be within the Holly Springs town limits. 
  • Trees can be planted starting Oct. 1, 2021, and all project work must be completed by Feb. 28, 2022. Work completed before grant approval will not be funded as completed.
  • If more requests are received than can be funded, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in case additional funds become available. 

Who May Apply 

  • Homeowner associations 
  • Neighborhood groups (formal or informal) 
  • Individuals 
  • Community organizations 

Selection Process

The Tree Advisory Committee will evaluate complete applications and determine which proposals best promote the Street Tree Program goal of increasing and improving the health of the Holly Springs street tree canopy. 

Committee selection considerations include: 

  • Street Trees: The proposal includes the planting of street trees, which are defined by the Holly Springs Code of Ordinances Section 14-242. Street tree means any tree, located within the public rights-of-way, within designated easements, or within five feet of the public right-of-way line, as measured from the right-of-way line to the closest point on the root flare. 
  • Timeline: The work to be performed will be within the program timelines. 
  • Cost Benefit: The work to be performed provides a cost benefit. Priority will be given to residents or groups who can get the most trees in the ground for the least amount of money, improving the cost effectiveness of the program. 
  • Care and Maintenance: The proposal includes a future care plan. Does the applicant relay a plan for watering, pruning, mulching, etc., demonstrating this is a long-term investment? 
  • Need: Does the proposal satisfy a need for street trees? Is this a neighborhood that historically has had no or fewer street trees? Have trees been removed and not replaced? Are the trees in this location dead or diseased or poor health?
  • Community Impact: Will the proposal have a positive impact on the community? What impact will the project have on property, neighborhood, urban forest, etc.? 

Applications will be reviewed in September 2021 and all applicants will be notified by Oct. 1, 2021.

Other Helpful Information 

  • When choosing a street tree species, it is important to consider the location where the tree will be planted. For example: a well-drained planting location with 350 square-feet of planting space, with no overhead utilities could fit a large maturing tree, such as an oak. A planting location with less soil volume and overhead power lines present will need a smaller maturing species, such as an Eastern Redbud. 
  • For projects involving multiple trees, please consider two tree species. 
  • The following species will not be allowed as street trees:
  1. Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana)
  2. Tulip Tree or Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
  3. Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
  4. Most evergreens (pines, cedars, etc.)
  • The Tree Advisory Committee may recommend an alternative tree species if the proposed species is not appropriate for the location, is known to cause damage to utilities and infrastructure, or is prone to disease or structural issues 
  • For your safety and to prevent damage to underground utilities and public facilities you must contact NC 811 (utility locates) and the Town of Holly Springs prior to beginning any work. More information on this can be found on the application form, including the NC 811 website address: