Bare Root Tree Program

We are pleased to announce a new seasonal grant program for communities in Pennsylvania!

The new Bare Root Tree program aims to assist communities in Pennsylvania with increasing the tree canopy and commitment to urban and community forests.  This program provides up to 20 large caliper bare root trees for planting on land owned by a municipality (streets and parks) or non-profit organizations.

This program is specifically designed for those communities who do not have an open grant through the competitive TreeVitalize grant program; previous grantees are welcome to apply.  Likewise, communities in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties are
not eligible to apply, but encouraged to inquire about funding through Western Pennsylvania Conservancy or the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.   

Community Responsibilities
Approved applicants are responsible for scheduling a site visit and/or consultation with a PADCNR/Penn State Extension Forester and coordinating pick up of trees at a designated location and date. 

Trees must be planted within one week of pick up. TreePennsylvania will purchase trees on behalf of the communities – funding will not be provided directly to grantees. 

 Spring 2021 Grant Term

We are excited to launch the Spring 2021 Bare Root Tree Grant term.  More information can be found using the links below.  Please note, we are no longer accepting preliminary applications for this grant round. Full applications are closed to accepted applicants and available via email – please contact Jessica with any questions.

We ask all interested communities to read through information on our website concerning this project prior to calling or emailing – we have very limited staff and work diligently to share pertinent information on our site.  

Timeline for Spring 2021 Bare Root Tree Grant term
January 19 – preliminary applications available online – use this form
January 29 – preliminary applications due
February 1 – applicants invited to submit a full application

February 19 – full applications due
March 1 – grantees announced
early April – trees delivered

Important Links
Spring 2021 Species List
Helpful information about planting bare root trees
Contact information for Penn State Extension Urban Foresters
Contact information for PA DCNR Service Forester

2020 Bare Root Tree Grantees

We are so thrilled with the overwhelming interest from PA communities about this new program and are pleased to announce the grantees for our 2020 Grant term.

  • City of Allentown – 20 trees
  • Building a Better Boyertown – 11 trees
  • Derry Township – 20 trees
  • City of Easton – 20 trees
  • Friends of Midtown Harrisburg – 19 trees
  • Goodell Gardens – 16 trees
  • Indiana Borough – 20 trees
  • Jacobs Creek Watershed Association – 20 trees
  • Lititz Borough – 6 trees
  • Northumberland Borough – 20 trees
  • Penn Township (Westmoreland County) – 20 trees
  • South Franklin Township -20 trees
  • Titusville Borough – 10 trees
  • Turtle Creek Watershed Association – 15 trees
  • Wellsboro Borough – 20 trees
  • City of Wilson – 20 trees

This program is made possible by funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and administered through TreePennsylvania, a private non-profit.  For more information contact