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TreePlanters Grant

TreePlanters Grant

Overview

Apply for the Openlands TreePlanters Grant to plant trees in your neighborhood with your community! The TreePlanters Grant is for Chicago residents who would like to facilitate a community tree planting day in their community with their neighbors.

To be considered for a Spring 2016 (Apr-May) planting, the completed application must be submitted by January 11, 2016. To be considered for a Fall 2016 (Sep-Nov) planting, the completed application must be submitted by May 23, 2016 (new date June 13, 2016).

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 10 to 30 trees to be planted, as well as volunteers interested in planting them. 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, some vacant lots, and local Chicago parks. These locations must all fall within two blocks or less of each other. The grant recipient and Openlands will facilitate three events for the community receiving the grant. These events will be held on three separate days, in this order: The pre-planting meeting, the community tree planting day, and the post-planting maintenance day.

 

YOUR COMMITMENT

  • Gather neighbors and volunteers to participate in the pre-planting meeting, the community tree planting day, and the post-planting maintenance day. These three events will occur on three separate days.
  • Be sure your neighbors who would like to receive trees understand they will be committing to adopting the tree for the long-term and are expected to participate on the tree planting day in some way.
  • If you are receiving a tree in front of your property, your neighbors will help you plant it and, in turn, please help your neighbors plant their trees. 
  • Water the trees for three years. Once the trees are planted, you and your neighbors will be responsible for watering each tree with 20 gallons of water each week, spring through fall, for the first three years.

 

OPENLANDS COMMITMENT

  • Registration link for community planting day
  • Delivery of trees and mulch
  • All tree planting tools and gloves will be provided
  • Necessary permits and underground utilities marked before the planting
  • Openlands staff and  TreeKeepers will provide training to all volunteers on the planting day

 

We look forward to planting with you and your community!

 

 


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

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