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TreePlanters Grants

Openlands TreePlanters Grants provide new trees to communities in the City of Chicago and the near south suburbs. The grants encourage resiliency both through planting trees and creating or reaffirming a network of neighbors to work together. Communities are asked to organize themselves, find sufficient places to plant 10 – 40 trees, meet their neighbors, reach out and invite their elected officials, and create a successful event to learn about benefits of trees and the proper way to plant and maintain their new trees.

Openlands provides the education, organization, supplies, expertise, and quality control. On planting day, the Openlands Forestry Crew and certified TreeKeepers will provide tools, trees, mulch and training for volunteers. In return, we ask that you help gather your neighbors, all commit to work the full event (four hours), and keep caring for the trees for the next few years while they get established.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Openlands community tree planting events will not convene volunteer groups to accomplish projects, as we do not want create an undue risk to the safety of our staff and our volunteers.  Following strict social distancing, sanitation and hygiene protocol, Openlands staff will plant the projects that residents worked hard to coordinate this year. The previously scheduled projects will be planted by the staff Arborists and the Forestry Trainee Crew this fall.

Learn more about the TreePlanters Grants Program and How to Apply.


For more information, please contact trees@openlands.org or call 312.863.6256.

How to Apply

Complete your application for an Openlands TreePlanters Grant, view the step-by-step instructions, and read answers to some frequently asked questions.

Planting Day

Learn more about the schedule and expectations for the planting day, including the size and species of trees Openlands commonly plants.

Taking Care of Your Trees

As a recipient of a new trees through an Openlands TreePlanters Grant, we ask that you provide basic tree care for the three years following planting.