Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant
We Want to Help You Plant Trees!


The 2019 Tree Planting Grant Cycle is now closed. Please check back in February/March 2020 for next application period. 

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grants are available to local units of government, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments. Tree planting sites include cities and towns, school yards and conservation areas such as stream bank stabilization and habitat restoration.


2019 Grant Application - pdf

Fillable Forms 2019 Grant Application - pdf (download required)
*Actual signature required on application.  Electronic signatures are NOT accepted.*

 View List of Native Tree Species

Download a Tree Owner's Manual

Michigan DNR Tree Maintenance Guidelines

Proper Tree Staking Method

High Pollen/Allergy Trees to Avoid

Overhead and Underground Utility Safety


Questions: (517) 543-1512 x 5 or miarborday@gmail.com


Recent Planting Projects:

Congratulations to all of 2018's Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant recipients. We are proud to say we have helped these communities plant 100 trees this year! Next time you visit one of these communities, make sure you check out the results of our grant!

Village of Vermontville
The Village of Vermontville is a thriving rural community that is home to the [78th] Annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival! With nearly 30,000 visitors walking down main street, safety is a priority. The current trees lining the road have outgrown their planting areas and are up-heaving the sidewalk and blocking the view of drivers and walkers with their limb growth. The village has plans to remove these trees and repair the sidewalks. This grant will help fund the planting of 15 new trees, specifically Purple Leaf Plum and Ivory Silk Lilac trees. The new trees will provide shade for pedestrians and beautify the City.

City of East Lansing
Trees are a significant component of East Lansing's urban environment. A Tree City USA recipient for 31 years, and a Growth Award recipient of 2017, the City of East Lansing has long recognized the many benefits of its urban forest. Unfortunately, the City's urban trees have suffered the consequences of emerald ash borer, and the 2013 ice storm and the wind storms in July 2016 and March 2017 caused even further damage to the tree canopy, resulting in the removal of nearly 100 trees. This grant will assist with the project will help replant 45 trees in the parkway, island areas of streets, and in some designated park areas.

Bentley Community Schools
The students and staff at Barhitte Elementary School in Burton recently lost an iconic feature: a 200 year old Oak tree. Not only was this beautiful local landmark removed after it became diseased, but it also took way the only shade cover for the entire playground. The community was determined to provide shade for their students but to also dedicated a new woodland area to coincide with their nature-based curriculum and new outdoor learning area. This grant will help to cover the cost of planting 9 Maple and Redbud trees.

Lake Antoine Park Partners
Lake Antoine is a popular 48 acre County Park with 3,000 feet of waterfront access located in Iron Mountain. Campers from the 90-site County Campground, along with park visitors, have recently complained about the vehicle noise from the logging road located just outside the park. The community would like to plant trees to create the backbone of a sound barrier with plans to expand that length and add native shrubs in the future. This grant will help to assist with the planting of 13 trees, including Red Maple and White Spruce to assist with the already present Oaks and Pines.

City of Lansing
In addition, this year the City of Lansing was chosen to be the recipient of the MSUFCU Tree Planting Grant. With guidance and assistance from Cottage Gardens Inc, 13 trees will be planted in the Evergreen Cemetery with the help of MSU Federal Credit Union staff!

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