Bare Root Tree Program

We are pleased to announce the only 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 10 – 20 large caliper bare root trees for planting on land owned by a municipality (streets and parks) or non-profit organizations.

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. 

Fall 2022 Grant Term

We are pleased to open the Fall 2022 Bare Root Tree Grant term with TreePennsylvania. Funding for this term is made possible through private donors, USDA/USFS, and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Information Webinar

Please join us for an informational webinar on Monday, July 25th at 1pm EST. This webinar is open to any community interested in participating in the upcoming grant term – attendance is not required to apply for this opportunity. To access the webinar, please use this link. Registration for the webinar is not necessary.

Preliminary Applications Available

Preliminary applications for the Fall 2022 Bare Root Tree Grant term are now available. The application is a simple online form designed to provide interested communities an opportunity to participate in this round. Submission of a preliminary application does not guarantee entry into the Fall grant round.

Please access the online application form here. If you have a question about the form, please contact Jessica immediately.

Communities must complete the preliminary application by 4:00pm on July 29, 2022. Extensions are not possible at this time.

Tentative Timeline – Fall 2022

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Spring 2022 Grant Term

Due to supply and labor setbacks, TreePennsylvania needed to modify our Spring 2022 Bare Root Tree Grant term. We are pleased to provide seven communities with trees this term : Patton Township, City of Harrisburg, Carlisle Borough, Derry Township, Denver Borough, Lancaster City Alliance, and East Cocalico Township.

Spring 2022 Timeline //
January 3, 2022 – preliminary applications open – use this link
January 3, 2022 (1-2pmEST) – live information webinar (use this link to join) POSTPONED
January 13, 2022 – preliminary applications due
January 14, 2022 – applicants notified of status
January 18, 2022 – link for final application shared with eligible applicants (by invitation only)
January 24, 2022 – deadline for applicants to contact DCNR Service Forester or PSU Extension Forester
February 4, 2022 – technical assistance webinar for applicants
February 10, 2022 – final applications due

late March/early April 2022 – tree delivery to grantee communities

Fall 2021 Grant Term

Fall Grant Term Specifics

Space in this program is limited due to funding. Eligible applicants not selected during this round may re-apply in future rounds. This is a first come/first serve grant program. Please note : we are not currently soliciting applicants for this grant term.

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

If your community has additional questions about the Fall 2021 grant term, please connect with Jessica for more information :

 Spring 2021 Grant Term

The Spring 2021 Bare Root Tree grant term was a huge success! We were fortunate to provide over 200 trees to 15 communities throughout Pennsylvania. Please join me in congratulating the following communities for continuing their commitment to PA’s urban and communities forests :

Bloomsburg Borough – 20 trees
Borough of Fayette – 20 trees
Ferguson Borough – 20 trees
Forty Fort Borough – 13 trees
Hopewell Township – 8 trees
Kingston Borough – 20 trees
Borough of Linesville – 12 trees
Lower Macungie Township – 15 trees
Milford Borough – 14 trees
Patton Township – 15 trees
Peters Township – 10 trees
Rail Trail of NEPA – 18 trees
City of Warren – 20 trees
Washington Business District Authority – 15 trees
Williams Township – 10 trees

Important Links
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, The US Forest Service, private funders, and is administered through TreePennsylvania, a private non-profit.  For more information contact