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.
Before submitting your application, see if your neighborhood is a priority for tree planting due to low numbers of trees, high average temperatures, and/or environmental justice concerns. Funding for tree plantings is limited; however, PHS prioritizes funding in neighborhoods that are most in need of growing their tree canopy.
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.
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.
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
Meghan Rogalus, 215.345.7577 x107
Chester County Conservation District
Cori Trice, 610.925.4920 x110
Delaware County Conservation District
Karen Wilwol, 610.892.9484
Montgomery County Conservation District
Brian J. Vadino, 610.489.4506 x15
Tim Ifill, 215.988.8898
A complete grant application package must include:
1. An application completion checklist, with all required items checked
2. A project bid sheet
3. A brief project narrative
4. A site location map (in color)
5. A signed Operation, Maintenance and Repair Plan/Landowner Agreement form
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.
All completed grant materials must be submitted to your grant advisor by November 24, 2021.