TreeVitalize Grants Program

TreePennsylvania, an independent non-profit agency, manages the statewide TreeVitalize grant program. Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to promote and develop sustainable urban forestry programs within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Annual grant terms provide the opportunity for funding in three priority areas : tree planting, urban riparian buffers, and community forestry management.

Funding preference is provided for projects :
(1) from new applicants, and;
(2) involve partnerships and include trainings/educational components and/or
(2) enhance the public’s access to and enjoyment of urban forestry and/or
(3) projects implemented in Environmental Justice areas

Tree planting grants provide assistance for tree plantings in community and urban areas along streets, parks, and other publicly-accessible areas. Urban riparian buffer grants provide assistance for urban riparian buffer tree plantings adjacent to community and urban waterways. Community forestry management grants provide assistance for tree care management plans, tree inventories, pruning, short term employment (including internships), educational workshops, webinars, urban wood utilization, ordinance development, land banks design, urban agriculture design, and other aspects of urban forestry.

2020 Funding Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the TreeVitalize grant program!  The opportunity to seek funding through TreeVitalize for 2020 projects is now closed.

2020 TreeVitalize tree planting grant guidelines
2020 TreeVitalize urban riparian buffer grant guidelines
2020 TreeVitalize community forestry management grant guidelines

Important Dates & Links for 2020 Funding
Letters of Intent due :  4:00pmEST May 1, 2019
Full applications due : 4:00pmEST on July 12, 2019
Awards announced Fall 2019
Grant term is January 1 – December 31, 2020

For more information, please contact Jessica (

2019 TreeVitalize Grants

Our 2019 TreeVitalize grant program is underway!  Congratulations to those communities which received funding – our Grants Committee had to make some very difficult decisions.

Important Dates for 2019 Grantees 
Grant term is January 1 – December 31, 2019

Closing TreeVitalize Grants and Requesting Grant Funds
As a reminder, all grant reimbursable and match funds must be expended by the end of the project (or December 31, 2019). Grantees must complete a final report form and obtain a signature from the appropriate PA DCNR/Bureau of Forestry Service Forester or Penn State Extension Urban Forester identifying a successful completion of the project. Links for forester contact information and blank final report forms can be found below.  If you have any questions about the final report form or close out process, please contact Jessica as soon as possible.
Instructions : please download final report forms, save, complete and email to the Program Director ( Please allow a 2-3 week processing time for Final Reports and payments

Important Links for Grantees
Final report form – Community Forestry Management Grants
Final report form – Tree Planting Grants
Final report form – Urban Riparian Buffer Grants
List of Penn State Extension Urban Foresters
List of PA DCNR/Bureau of Forestry Service Foresters
Link to OpenTreeMap
Link to TreeTenders training information
Approved tree list for tree plantings

For more information, please contact Jessica (

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2018 TreeVitalize Grants

Grantees must submit the required final report form and begin the process of closing out their grants.  Thank you for your commitment to Pennsylvania’s urban and community forests!

Final report form for 2018 tree planting & urban riparian buffer grantees

Final report form for 2018 community forestry grants
Instructions : please download this form, save, complete and email to the Program Director ( Please allow a 2-3 week processing time for Final Reports and payments. 

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For more information please contact Jessica Cavey, Program Director (717/599.8650), or complete the form below :