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Trees for Tomorrow

Since 2013, the Trees for Tomorrow program has helped plant nearly 4,000 trees in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Financial and technical support offered through the program has enabled local governments and organizations to execute tree planting projects county-wide, ranging from urban tree installations to large-scale volunteer tree plantings to tree care and maintenance. These new trees help manage stormwater, improve water quality, create wildlife habitat, and provide multiple other social and economic benefits. Support through Trees for Tomorrow is now available to applicants in Franklin, Dauphin, and Cumberland Counties. Technical and financial assistance will be offered to local governments, watershed organizations, and civic organizations that are planning tree-related projects.

See below for a map of all of the Trees for Tomorrow projects the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is working or partnering on and detailed descriptions of select projects:

Fund Your Planting Project

Non-profit organizations, municipalities, municipal authorities, and other civic institutions are eligible to receive funding for planning, implementing, and maintaining tree planting projects in select counties in South Central Pennsylvania. Projects may include riparian buffers, street tree plantings, park or other open space plantings, or tree maintenance projects. Grant applications that enhance and expand urban tree canopies, riparian buffers, and/or address other water quality concerns will be prioritized.

Applications for fall plantings are due on September 16, 2016.

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Grant Criteria

Who can apply?

Local governments, watershed organizations, and civic organizations in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Franklin Counties are eligible to apply.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

  • Native tree plantings
  • Riparian buffer plantings
  • Urban tree plantings
  • Park or open space native tree plantings
  • Previously planted tree projects that require maintenance

What kinds of projects will be prioritized?

Projects that enhance and expand urban tree canopy, reduce nutrient runoff (e.g. riparian buffer plantings), and address water quality concerns.

What are the grant request limits?

The grant request maximum is $20,000. (Projects resulting in the largest environmental and water quality improvements will be eligible for the most funding)

What types of trees are preferred?

We support open-pollinated native tree plantings and the native species preferred is project-dependent. Urban tree plantings require site-specific trees that will not interfere with utility rights of way. See Trees for Tomorrow Recommended Tree Species (.pdf)

What size trees are preferred?

At least 1.5″ caliper

What is the minimum number of trees that must be included in a project?

Projects must plant or involve maintenance on at least 10 trees.

How much does it cost to install a tree?

The installation of one, 1.5″ caliper native tree, including contractor fees and materials, should cost no more than $250. Trees for Tomorrow will cover up to $250 per tree planted.

What is the deadline for the fall grant cycle?

Applications are due September 16, 2016.

How are awards dispersed?

Awarded applicants will receive a check in the amount awarded after the Alliance has received invoices or receipts for the project’s implementation.

If awarded, what is required of my organization after the planting or maintenance project?

A summary and pictures of the project must be submitted to Alliance staff one year after the planting.  Maintenance of new plantings must be conducted by trained contractors, staff, or volunteers for three years after the project implementation.  Awardees are required to replace trees that did not survive.

Related Work

Donna Morelli Pennsylvania State Director, Pennsylvania Office

Donna serves as the Director of our Pennsylvania Office, where oversees all PA program staff and works on a variety of projects, from helping local governments analyze their development codes to planting riparian buffers.

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Jenna Mitchell Program Manager, Pennsylvania Office

Jenna serves as the Alliance's Program Manager in Pennsylvania, where she coordinates a variety of projects such as film festivals, our Trees for Tomorrow Program, and more.

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