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 were not awarded funding 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 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.  An approved species list will be available to grantees – please preview the list here.

 Fall 2020 Grant Term

Thank you to all communities which submitted an application for this new program!  Awards will be announced in early September.

Additional Information
Link to a one page fact sheet about the Fall 2020 grant term
Link to approved species list for Fall 2020 grant term

Timeline for Fall 2020 Grant Term for planting projects in November 2020
June 1st – preliminary applications available online NOW
July 1st – preliminary applications due 
July 6th – applicants invited to submit a full application
September 1st – full applications due
September 4th – grantees announced
early November – trees delivered

Spring 2020 Grant Term

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 Spring Grant term.

***Update as of March 24, 2020*** All Spring 2020 Bare Root Tree grantees have been redirected to the Fall 2020 grant term.  If you have questions about your Spring grant, please contact Jessica ( 

  • 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