Return to Programs

Chesapeake Bay Tree Planting Grants

Chesapeake Bay New2Chesapeake Bay Watershed only

Trees provide people with many natural benefits: cleaner air and water, reduced storm-water runoff and soil erosion, and priceless natural beauty. Trees have also been shown to improve property values and enhance community well-being. That’s why the Delaware Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program is seeking to partner with nonprofit groups to improve Delaware in these ways. The U&CF Program will award tree planting grants in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Requirements for Tree Planting Grants

  • Must be a municipality or certified 501(c)(3) organization based in the State of Delaware. Common types include nonprofit religious, educational, charitable, scientific, or literary organizations
  • Must own land located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with a parcel registered in your name that appears on your county’s tax parcel list (must provide parcel number)
  • Must provide a 50-50 cost-share match in either cash or in-kind services. Sufficient volunteer hours for planning, organizing, and carrying out the project can meet this requirement without a need for cash

Greenwood Tree Planting Event_2012 (27)

Benefits of Tree Planting Grants

  • Grants can be a no-cost* way to beautify and enhance your community or your organization’s campus and grounds
  • Tree planting projects can bring your community or organization together to benefit the environment

Technical Assistance For Grant Projects

Delaware Forest Service staff will offer assistance at every stage of the tree planting project:

  • Meet with applicants to discuss their project
  • Identify a suitable site for the tree planting
  • Select the best species for the particular location
  • Help to calculate the volunteer hours and services for grant match so the project can take place at no cost
  • Schedule a planting day

How to Apply

  • If you think your town, church, or organization would benefit from the Chesapeake Bay Tree Planting Grant and you can meet the grant requirements for a 50-50 cost match (can be met by volunteer hours at no cost to your community or organization), then you are invited to apply by contacting the program administrator:
  • Kesha Braunskill, Delaware Forest Service
    Urban and Community Forestry Program
    Email –