Bare Root Tree Program

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

The new TreeVitalize 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 2020 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 PDCNR/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. The TreeVitalize program 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.


Spring 2020 Grant Term

Please note : We reached capacity for the Spring round much earlier than expected and are no longer accepting applications.  Thank you for your interest! Information for the Fall 2020 round will be available soon.

Important Dates
December 10, 2019 – preliminary application due
December 13, 2019 – decisions announced
January 15, 2019 – full applications due
January 20, 2019 – decisions announced for final awards

Additional Information
Link to one page fact sheet on this new program.
Link to approved species list for Spring 2020 plantings.


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