By Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Richmond Urban Canopy Tree Initiative is offering matching grants in the metro Richmond area to support tree plantings.

Nonprofits, communities and localities in Richmond, Ashland, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan can apply for the grants.

Barbara White with the Virginia Department of Forestry says about $80,000 is available for the program.

A 30 percent match is required, either through funding or in-kind support. The deadline to submit grant proposals to the program is Sept. 1.

The program is a joint venture of the Department of Forestry and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

The Department of Forestry says increasing sustained canopy tree coverage will improve water quality in the region.

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