Community Tree Planting Grants

Alliance for Com­mu­nity Trees offers grants to its member organization to support local tree planting projects.  These grants are the result of partnerships with corporate sponsors, as well as their employee volunteers.

Connecting with corporate partners, national initiatives, and federal programs helps ACTrees grantees generate much-deserved attention for local community greening work. These opportunities build a broader constituency for trees and elevate urban forestry at the local and national levels.

About the Grants

To take advantage of these grants, local organizations propose high-impact projects where planting trees will make an immediate and noticeable difference.

  • ACTrees and grantees work with local groups, sponsors, and other partners to coordinate and execute volunteer tree planting events.
  • Tree plantings may take place at schools, parks, residential neighborhoods, business sites, or other locations where new trees will tangibly improve a community’s quality of life, such as neighborhoods with few trees, storm-damaged areas, or neglected urban spaces.
  • ACTrees grants fund the purchase and installation of trees, as well as help grow the capacity of local organizations through acquiring tools, new partners, and visibility.

Grant Programs

To learn more about any of the grant programs below or to apply, contact Programs@ACTrees.org.

CSX – Trees for Tracks

ACTrees is a proud national partner with CSX and City Year in the Trees for Tracks program. This cam­paign will plant 21,000 trees—one for each mile owned by railway company CSX—in cities where CSX employ­ees live and work. Trees for Tracks plant­i­ngs take place in part­ner­ship with ACTrees member orga­ni­za­tions. Since Fall 2009, Trees for Tracks has engaged hun­dreds of CSX employ­ees and fam­i­lies as well as com­mu­nity vol­un­teers to plant thousands of trees at schools and com­mu­nity col­leges in Bal­ti­more, Miami, Philadel­phia, and Worces­ter, MA; along rail­road tracks and high­ways in Indi­anapo­lis and Fred­er­icks­burg, VA; at a public park in Jack­sonville, FL; and in a his­toric Atlanta neigh­bor­hood ravaged by a 2008 tornado. Trees for Tracks plant­i­ngs have gar­nered tele­vi­sion, news­pa­per, and newswire coverage. Learn more at Trees for Tracks

TD Tree Days

In 2011, TD Bank partnered with ACTrees and its member organizations to launch the TD Tree Days program in the U.S. TD Tree Days provides TD employees, their families and friends, and local partners the opportunity to volunteer in the communities where they live and work and to demonstrate their commitment to urban forest stewardship. During National NeighborWoods™ Month 2011, hundreds of volunteers helped enhance the environment of U.S. cities through TD Tree Days planting events that refreshed downtown greenways, built new community gardens, enhanced neighborhood playgrounds, and greened city streets and school grounds.

Project UP™

Boise Inc. partnered with ACTrees in 2011 to launch Project UP™ as an extension of the Boise ASPEN brand of recycled papers and the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Project UP™ is an initiative to transform under-utilized urban spaces into beneficial community resources. Much as Boise ASPEN recycles so-called “waste” paper into useful recycled office paper, Project UP™ aims to revitalize vacant or neglected city lots as green public parks. Working with ACTrees and its member organizations, Project UP™ brings the benefits of trees and green spaces to communities while highlighting the values of recycling and sustainability. Learn more at Project UP™

ACTrees People’s Garden Grants

The ACTrees People’s Garden Grants Program is designed to explore and deepen the connections between community trees and urban agriculture. With funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture People’s Garden Initiative, ACTrees delivers micro-subgrants to its national network of member organizations through a competitive challenge grant process. In 2012, ACTrees awarded grants up to $5,000 to 30 community organizations in 21 states. Local grant-funded projects will plant shade trees to shelter and protect community gardens, and/or fruit and nut trees serving local residents. Learn more at ACTrees People’s Garden Grants