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. 

Fall 2021 Grant Term

INFORMATION WEBINAR : Attendance required

To help folks gauge whether this program would be a fit for their communities, we are hosting an Information Webinar on Friday, July 23rd from 10:00-11:00am. This webinar is open to the public.

All communities interested in applying for the Fall 2021 Bare Root Tree grant term must attend the webinar or contact Jessica to discuss the program, regardless of previous experience with the Bare Root Tree grant program.

Please use this link on July 23rd to access the webinar (the link will NOT work until the webinar is live).

If you are unable to attend, please contact Jessica Cavey, Program Director, no later than 9:00am on July 23rd to schedule a meeting : or 717-599-8650

Fall Grant Term Specifics

Space in this program is limited due to funding. Interested communities are encouraged to complete a brief preliminary application first, then those which meet eligibility criteria AND submit their preliminary application in a timely fashion, are invited to submit a full application. Eligible applicants not selected during this round may re-apply in future rounds. This is a first come/first serve grant program.


July 23, 2021 – required information webinar

August 2, 2021 – preliminary applications open

August 20, 2021 – preliminary applications closed

August 23, 2021 – selected communities invited to submit full applications

September 10, 2021 – full applications closed (no extension possible)

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