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Tree Programs


Apply for a tree and make your block greener and healthier. PHS will work with you in handling tree permits, cutting sidewalk pits, and getting the tree to your neighborhood. Then you and your neighbors can rally together to plant and care for it. PHS partners with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to create community tree plantings. Throughout the year we provide education for the Greater Philadelphia region through PHS Tree Tenders.

Click here to navigate to the Treevitalize Watersheds Grant Program information. Explore how to apply for a tree in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.


Apply for a Tree in Philadelphia

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Step 1

Decide if you want a yard tree or a street tree. Download this flyer to learn the differences between the two.

How to get a tree planted in Philadelphia
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Step 4

Contact your local PHS Tree Tenders group to work on the application process. This must be an active Tree Tenders group with at least one member who has attended the Organizing Tree Planting Training.

find your local tree tenders group
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Step 5

If you're an individual property owner looking to apply for a street tree, fill out your application using the link below. Si necesita una aplicación en español para un árbol callejero, haga clic aquí.

Street Tree Application
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Step 6

If you're a PHS Tree Tender Group, download and fill out your application below. 

PHS Tree Tender Group Application
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Step 8

If your application is accepted, you will receive the following before the next PHS Tree Planting: a bare root tree to plant, cutting and removal of pavement as needed, and tree stakes and arbor ties. Free mulch is available at the Fairmount Park Recycling Center.





Apply for a Tree in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties

To apply for community trees at a street, park, yard, or other public spaces, contact t[email protected].


TreeVitalize Watersheds Grant Program

This grant program focuses on planting trees along streams, neighboring upland areas, and natural stormwater basins. The result is thousands of trees planted in sensitive water protection zones. This improves water quality and reduces flooding in addition to the many other benefits that trees provide.

The collaboration of five organizations helps make this grant possible: PHS for Philadelphia projects; the Conservation District offices in each of the four surrounding SEPA counties.

TreeVitalize Watershed Funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Aqua PA, and PECO.

Contact your grant advisor (district watershed specialist) prior to applying. We have a full list of all county specialists below. Each specialist will guide you through the project process.

Once you’ve reviewed the process, download the application packet. Applicants must have at least one PHS Tree Tender on their planting team or have training on proper tree selection, planting, and establishment.

Bucks County Conservation District 
Karen Ogden, 215.345.7577 x107
[email protected]

Chester County Conservation District
Cori Trice, 610.925.4920 x110
[email protected]

Delaware County Conservation District
Karen Wilwol, 610.892.9484
[email protected]

Montgomery County Conservation District 
Brian J. Vadino, 610.489.4506 x15
[email protected]meryconservation.org

Philadelphia County 
Tim Ifill, 215.988.8898    
[email protected]

A complete grant application package must include:

  1. A project bid sheet
  2. A brief project narrative
  3. A site location map (in color) 
  4. A signed Operation, Maintenance and Repair Plan/Landowner Agreement form
  5. A W9 for the lead organization

The TreeVitalize Watersheds Grants will cover up to 75% of project costs; grantees must provide at least 25% of the cost via eligible matching funds.

2023 Grant Materials

2023 TreeVitalize Watersheds Grant Announcement

2023 Eligible Expenses TreeVitalize Watersheds

2023 Application Checklist TreeVitalize Watersheds

2023 TreeVitalize Watersheds Line by Line Instructions

2023 TreeVitalize Watersheds Bid-Sheet

Buffer Map Example

DEP TreeVitalize Watersheds Landowner Grantee Agreement and OMR Agreement