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.

EligibilityPLEASE READ
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 (for Allegheny County) or the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties).   

In addition, representatives from government agencies such as PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Department of the Environment, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, etc., as well was representatives from PSU Extension are not eligible to apply through this program.

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. 
More information is outlined below.

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 2023 Bare Root Tree Grant Term Open – Register for Webinars!

We are so pleased to announce the upcoming Fall 2023 Bare Root Grant Term for communities and non-profit organizations. Please see eligible counties in the information listed above.

Communities who have not participated in the program before may participate in two upcoming information webinars. Webinars are scheduled for Tuesday, May 30th (9:00amET) and Thursday, June 1st (12:00pmET). To register for either webinar (or both) please use this link.

FALL 2023 GRANT TERM // Important Dates

MAY 2023
May 23, 2023 – Preliminary announcement of Fall 2023 Grant Term via website, email, and invite to info webinar
May 30, 2023 – Information webinar open to interested applicants (register here)

JUNE 2023
June 1, 2023 – Information webinar open to interested applicants (register here)
June 12, 2023 – Preliminary apps live 
June 26, 2023 – Preliminary apps due

JULY 2023
July 7 & July 10, 2023 – New grantee webinars (required)
July 11, 2023 – Applicants notified of acceptance into final application round 
July 24, 2023 – Deadline for applicants to contact forester for site visit/consultation or submit planting plan for approval

August 1, 2023 – Technical assistance webinar open to grantees for help with application (not required)
August 7, 2023 – Final applications due
August – September 2023 – Grantees notified of any necessary species changes 

September 2023 – Final nursery orders shared with grantees once available
October 2023 – Delivery date and locations TBD
October/November 2023 – Delivery, planting, and maintenance webinars for all grantees (*required*)
November 2023 – Delivery of Fall 2023 bare root trees
November 2023 – Press release about plantings and grantees shared with partners, news outlets

To learn more about the upcoming grant term, please submit the following form.
PLEASE NOTE: TreePennsylvania is unable to provide funding or trees for private land owners.

Fall 2022 Grant Term

Congratulations to the 52 communities, new and returning, who participated in the Fall 2022 Bare Root Tree Grant program.

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.

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