TREES & plants

Funding resources

The Community Trees Program has put together a list of funding sources available throughout the year.  It is important to visit the website of each of these funding agencies to determine what funding is available and when the applications are required.

*NEW*  Urban and Community Forestry Program - Financial Assistance to Communities.  
PURPOSE: The purpose of the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant is to provide financial assistance to local units of government for the development of local urban and community forestry programs. These activities must help to establish, manage, conserve and preserve the urban and community forests from inner city to associated public lands.  LEARN MORE

Annual or revolving grant programs

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Funding for Urban Forest Planting Related to Emerald Ash Borer.  Many Illinois communities have suffered devastating losses of ash trees due to the sweeping infestation of the emerald ash borer (EAB). Now, local governments in the historic Lake Michigan watershed can apply for funding to replace trees through The Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program. Funding limited to Illinois, historic Lake Michigan watershed. LEARN MORE

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 Grants are available to local units of government and other organizations to protect water quality in Illinois. Projects must address water quality issues relating directly to non-point source pollution. Funds can be used for the implementation of watershed management plans including the development of information/education programs and for the installation of best management practices. The application deadline is typically August 1. LEARN MORE

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant Program for Stormwater Management.Funding opportunities through this grant typically are announced in early fall. This program provides funding for stormwater retention and infiltration and for small projects. LEARN MORE

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Technical Assistance Grantsare offered to communities, nonprofits and intergovernmental organizations to address local issues related to transportation, land use, housing, the natural environment, economic growth and community development. The application deadline is typically August 1. LEARN MORE

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has a number of grant programs. For information on any of the programs listed below, LEARN MORE

Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grants are for acquisition and/or development of land for public parks and open space.  Applications are typically due between May 1 and July 1. 

Bicycle Path Program grants are for the acquisition and/or development of bicycle paths.  Applications are typically due between May 1 and July 1.

The Boat Access Area Development Program is for the acquisition, construction and expansion/rehabilitation necessary for boat access to Illinois lakes and rivers.  Applications are typically between July 1 and September 1. 

The Recreational Trails Program provides funding for acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized recreation trails.  March 1 is typically the deadline.  

The Illinois Department of Transportation provides funding for roadway enhancement. The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program provides funding for cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects related to transportation. The request for proposals for this funding, when available, is typically in the fall of the year. LEARN MORE