TreePlanters Grants

The application window for 2017 TreePlanters Grants has closed. View the fall 2017 TreePlanters Grants community recipients.

This grant is for Chicago residents who would like to facilitate a community tree planting day with their neighbors. By engaging neighbors, local businesses and organizations, the applicant will identify locations for a planting (typically 10 to 40 trees), as well as volunteers interested in planting them. The map below displays trees planted throughout Chicago via collaborations with Openlands and various partners. Click through to explore the trees planted in your neighborhood or learn more about the TreePlanters Program.


Grant Application Requirements

Planting locations must be in the city of Chicago and on public land. Public land is considered to be the parkways between the curb and the sidewalk in front of residential houses, CPS school property, and some vacant lots. We will no longer accept proposals that are solely for planting in Chicago Parks.

All plantings must fall within walking distance a few blocks or less of each other; please understand that this is a community engagement and education opportunity and we need the community to be together.

Openlands will facilitate a few events with each community receiving the grant including a site visit, the community tree planting day, and annual community maintenance events for the following two years.

For more information, please contact or call 312.863.6271.

Support for Openlands’ Urban Forestry Program is generously provided by The Boeing Company and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

In-kind support provided by