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CRTI Community Tree Planting Grants

Request for Proposals
 
The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is requesting proposals from community organizations to partner together and enrich a healthier, more diverse regional forest.
 
Community organizations will need to commit to caring for the trees post planting, including watering for at least the first three years. CRTI staff will provide all necessary training and materials, and will work closely with the organization to ensure that project leaders are equipped with sufficient resources to ensure that the trees thrive. This assistance includes working with Certified Arborists with a focus on selecting native tree species that are appropriate for the site.
 
CRTI staff will provide all necessary training and materials, and will work closely with the school to ensure that project leaders are equipped with sufficient resources to ensure that the trees thrive. This assistance includes working with a Certified Arborist to select native tree species that are appropriate for the site.
 
Number of Trees: 10 - 20
 
Application Deadlines:
Spring planting applications are due October 31 the year before the planting.
Fall planting applications are due August 1 the year of the planting.
 
For questions or to share planting ideas, contact Trinity Pierce, CRTI Stewardship Manager, at tpierce@mortonarb.org.
 
 
 
For questions or concerns, contact Trinity Pierce at tpierce@mortonarb.org
 
 
 
 
Application Information
 
Project Mission
  • Scientists have shown that trees provide crucial benefits to people. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) recognizes these benefits and would like to help schools provide these benefits to students. Schools will apply to plant 10-20 trees on or around their property and commit to maintain these trees for a minimum of three years as they become established. 
 
Who Should Apply?

Community Groups meeting any of the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Wishing to plant 10 - 20 trees at one site
  • With the capacity to water trees once a week or more, especially in summer
  • Already having or wishing to establish an environmental/beautification/gardening/STEM group
  • With strong community engagement to complete plantings & maintain the trees
 
 
A strong interest is more important than prior knowledge or expertise -- CRTI partners or staff will teach you what you need to know!
 
 
 
 
 
Recipient Commitments
 
Community groups commit to providing time and material support for their plantings. These include:
 
Personnel:
  • Individual representing the group
  • Individual responsible for the maintenance and care of the trees, including communication with CRTI staff if tree stress is suspected
  • Individual designated as project leader
  • Pre-arranged commitment from community members & volunteers (Boy Scout troop, PTA/PTO, etc.). 
 
Watering:
  • Slow watering at a minimum of 15 gallons per tree per week for the first three growing seasons.
 
Resources:
  • Access to water
  • Necessary materials for watering trees (e.g. long hose or buckets)
 
 
 
 
CRTI's Contribution
 
CRTI is committed to helping community groups improve and increase their canopy cover throughout the Chicago Region.  Resources available include:
 
In the application phase CRTI will:
  • Conduct a visit to assist in identifying planting sites
  • Assist in selecting trees appropriate for the site
  • Assist in evaluating maintenance needs & capacity
 
In the pre-planting phase CRTI will: 
  • Conduct training in planting and tree care procedures for project leaders, teachers, and volunteers
  • Assist in delineating planting activities appropriate for each age group
  • Assist in identifying educational resources to coordinate with planting
 
In the planting phase CRTI will: 
  • Provide trees for planting (minimum 10 and maximum 20 per community)
  • Provide all tools and materials for the planting day, including mulch
  • Assist in managing volunteers on planting day
 
In the post-planting phase CRTI will:
  • Follow-up training and seasonal site visits for 3 years
  • Provide opportunities for continued education and outreach for community.