Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant

We Want to Help You Plant Trees!


The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant program is proudly sponsored by:

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is currently not accepting applications for the Tree Planting Grant. 2022 Grant will be available in Feb/March 2022. 

Grant Description: 
The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is currently offering local units of government, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments the opportunity to apply for a Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant.
Grant applicants may request up to $2,000 to fund tree planting projects in their community.  Grant funds may only be used to purchase trees.  Applicants must show evidence of a 1:1 match for anticipated money.  This is a statewide grant opportunity for Michigan projects only.
We would like to thank Consumers Energy and ITC Michigan for sponsoring this program and providing this opportunity for communities across the state. 
Strong applicants will be those who follow directions, have filled out the application entirely, have a detailed budget and tree maintenance plan, and have attached all required documents from the grant checklist. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the May 14, 2021 deadline on whether or not they were approved. Please email and send a hard copy application in the mail. 

2021 Tree Planting Grant Application

2021 Tree Planting Grant Report (must be completed for grant reimbursement)

Resources for applicants:

View List of Native Tree Species

Why It's Important to Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place

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 2020's Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant recipients. Next time you visit one of these communities, make sure you check out the results of our grant!

Kalamazoo Nature Center

The Kalamazoo Nature Center was awarded $2,000 from the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance to restore the land adjacent to the Alice Batts Apkarian and Ara Apkarian Maple Sugar Shack. Over the last decade, this area was increasingly overcome with dead ash trees and invasive shrubs. KNC's Conservation Stewardship team had worked to clear out most of the dead trees and to remove aggressive, non-native plants. Over three days in late October 2020, 8 KNC staff members and 24 local high school students from KNC’s Heronwood program (an Education for Employment Conservation Biology class) worked to plant a variety of trees and shrubs at the restoration site. Altogether, 66 trees and shrubs of 14 different species were planted at the site. These new plantings covered roughly 1.7 acres of previously degraded land and represent an investment in KNC’s ecological health and future. Check out KNC's video of the project here. 

The City of Brighton

The City of Brighton was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance to replace dead trees. The city removed over 50 trees in 2020 because they were either dead or they posed a hazard to the public due to old branches hanging over the road. While some trees were not able to be replaced (i.e. they were under power lines, in a vacant wooded area along a roadway that connects two residential areas,underground utilities were too close to the new planting location, or the resident did not want a replacement tree in front of their house), the city was able to replace all trees that were removed where suitable replacement locations were available and requested.


Emmett County Parks and Recreation Department, Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga

Emmett County Parks and Recreation Dept. was awarded an $1,000 grant from the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance to create and improve the riparian habitat along the mouth of Berry Creek by planting Dogwood and Sumac trees. The funds also allowed the camp to plant six, 2.5-3 inch, Autumn Radiance Maple trees, creating aesthetically pleasing green barriers between campsites and in open areas. Camp seasonal staff was able to learn about the tree planting process, the ecological benefits of trees, and their value in public spaces. Establishing these trees has improved the shoreline of Berry creek which is a tributary to Pickerel Lake, the headwaters to Michigan's inland waterway. The waterway flows over 40 miles to Lake Huron connecting Pickerel Lake and Crooked Lake, the Crooked River, Burt Lake, the Indian River, Mullett Lake, and the Cheboygan River. The trees will prevent erosion and create habitat, increasing the biodiversity of the stream and helping the entire waterway ecosystem. Check out the news article on the tree planting here. 


City of Madison Heights

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance awarded the City of Madison Heights a $2,000 grant to plant 13 street trees in the public right-of-way in the south end of the city. Trees were sparse in this developed neighborhood due to tree removals.


City of Chelsea

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance awarded the City of Chelsea a $2,000 grant to plant 10 large trees in the public right-of-way. The City has had to remove trees due to old age or decay so these trees will replace the ones removed. They City will try to replace the trees as close to the original locations as possible and hopes to restore their community's tree canopy over time.