Community Application

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 spring planting season. Trees must be planted in public spaces such as parks, schools, churches and along public roadway easements within northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed. Eligible applicants include municipalities, schools, churches, conservation organizations and other public entities.

Application Due Date:  Friday, February 2, 2018

Anticipated Notice of Award Date:  Friday, February 16, 2018

Application Forms:  PDF (fillable)  | WORD

Applications may be submitted electronically to Joe Exl at Please include organization name followed by CommuniTree Spring 2018 Application in the subject line. (Example: Lake County SWCD CommuniTree Spring 2018 Application)

Alternatively, applications can be mailed to:

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
ATTN: Joe Exl
6100 Southport Rd.
Portage, IN 46368

The CommuniTree Program goal is to plant at least 700 native trees by Spring 2018 to help offset urban tree canopy loss from emerald ash borer. Funding for this project is made possible through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant awarded to the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission by the USDA Forest Service.