Grants for Native Plants

November 15, 2022

Are you planning a pollinator/ native garden, or would like to get trees planted in your neighborhood? We are excited to present this resource to make that effort a little bit easier, with this compilation of local, regional and national grants relevant to tree planting and native garden projects.

We will continue to add additional grants as we learn of them. Feel free to contact us at if you would like us to post any other opportunities.
Best of luck and happy planting!

Tree Planting Grants:

Trees Forever’s Recover, Replant, Restore!

Funding to Replant Your Community Forest

Trees Forever’s Recover, Replant, Restore! grants of $500 to $3,000 are available to Illinois communities diversifying their community forests or recovering from natural or man-made disasters particularly emerald ash borer (EAB). The grants will also help communities prepare for these disasters by planting more diverse disease- and storm-resistant shade trees. Projects may include planting trees along streets, trails, community entryways, at schools, public buildings, parks and more.

Application Deadline: August 25th

Planting Hope

Planting Hope grants are competitive, reimbursable grants open to municipalities and nonprofit organizations in derecho affected areas of Iowa and Illinois. Planting projects are limited to publicly owned land, nonprofit property, schools and cemeteries with funding up to $5,000.

Application Deadline: Next application round opening soon.

IDNR Urban and Community Forestry Grants

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.

Application submitting has closed, please check back in the fall for details on their 2023 application deadline.

Openlands TreePlanters Grants

TreePlanters Grants are awarded to people, groups, or organizations that can bring together and coordinate their neighbors to plant 10-40 trees in predetermined locations in their neighborhood.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Plantings occur in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-early November) of each year.  Please apply below.

Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) Community Tree Planting Assistance Grant

The CRTI Tree Planting Assistance Grant is available to anyone connected to a site/neighborhood/municipality that has space for trees and the capacity to care for them post-planting. CRTI will provide tree planting event planning, implementation, volunteer recruitment, all tools, and proper tree planting procedure support.
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.

Native Garden and Pollinator Grants:


Calling local non-profits and organizations! We are excited to announce our Garden for Nature Grant Program. This grant is for those who would like to improve the environment and engage the public through a native plant garden.

If you are part of a local non-profit that wishes to connect young people and nature, there is no better way (in our humble opinion) than to plant a native garden that grows with them and their curiosity.

Please complete our application form for consideration: Garden for Nature Grant Application. 

Application Deadline: March 20, 2022

Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant

Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Action Grant for schools to use native Illinois plants in their wildlife habitat area.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2022

TD Green Space Grant

TD Green Space Grants support green infrastructure development, tree planting, forestry stewardship, and community green space expansion as a way to advance environmental and economic benefits toward a low-carbon economy.

Application submitting has closed, please check back in the fall for details on their 2023 application deadline.

K-12 Pollinator Schools Program

The Foundation’s Pollinator Schools Program supports the creation of native pollinator habitat at locations in Illinois that provide K-12 environmental education programming. Students learn about Illinois’ native plants while the habitat provides a much-needed food source for a variety of pollinators.

Grant support can be applied towards the purchase of plant materials as well as cover a portion of the costs associated with hiring consultants or contractors to help with the design, installation and limited summer maintenance of the habitat.

Eligible Applicants include:

Public or private K-12 schools; or

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools to provide K-12 environmental education programming

Application Deadline: August 23, 2022

Pollinator Meadows Program

The Foundation designed its Pollinator Meadows Grant Program to help local governments and nonprofits convert turf grass to pollinator habitat. The Foundation may limit invitations from a geographic region to ensure an equitable distribution of awards.

Eligible Applicants Include:

Local Governments (i.e. Park Districts, Nature Centers)

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (i.e. Museums, Community College Foundations)

Application Deadline: August 9, 2022

ComEd Green Region Grant

Recognizing that open space in our communities is crucial to the quality of our lives, ComEd andOpenlands have committed to supporting non-profit organizations, schools, school districts,housing authorities, townships, counties, park districts, conservation districts, forest preserve districts, and municipalities-including municipal entities such as water reclamation districts- in northern Illinois with their ongoing efforts to protect or improve public spaces for the benefit of all. ComEd designed the ComEd Green Region Grant in partnership with Openlands to assist local communities in these efforts by providing funding for some expenses towards these goals.

Application Deadline :Check back for information on 2023 deadline


Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund

Grants are awarded to projects that support implementation of technical assistance to increase the number of private landowners engaged in monarch butterfly and pollinator conservation practices on working lands.

Check back for application deadline information for 2022

2022 Biodiversity Conservation Grant: Enhancing Pollinator Habitats

Habitat enhancement projects should directly support the creation, restoration, remediation, improvement, and/or protection of habitats for important pollinator species such as butterflies, bees, bats, and more. Additionally, projects should incorporate community outreach and engagement activities designed to educate and empower the public to help enhance pollinator habitats.

Application Deadline:Check back in late 2022 for more information. 

Plant America Grant

Through Plant America Grants, up to $1,000.00 is made available to be used for direct expenses of projects. Projects submitted for receiving a grant may be a joint venture with another organization/s. The scope of these projects in communities may include:

Beautification and/or restoration

Community gardens

School gardens/classrooms

Landscaping for Habitat for Humanity Homes

Landscaping of Blue Star Memorial Markers

Implementation of environmental practices

A horticulture or environmental educational event for the public

2022 Application information and deadline to be announced in July.

Natural Disaster Grant Fund

The Natural Disaster USA Fund was established by NGC in 1997 to receive monetary contributions from states, clubs and individuals for the purpose of assisting local and state clubs with their garden-related restoration efforts. This fund has helped to replant parks, municipal gardens and other garden related sites due to natural disasters caused by floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, ice storms and wildfires.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Wildflower Education Grant

A grant of up to $500 is available to be used towards direct expenses for an educational program on the subject of native plants and Wildflowers. State Garden Clubs, districts, councils and individual garden clubs may co-sponsor a symposium with state agencies, arboreta, native plant societies, or similar organizations. Gardeners are eager for information on native plants; state highway or transportation departments need publicity and support for their planting programs. Try to schedule the date when wildflowers are in bloom in your location.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Youth Pollinator Gardens Grant

National Garden Clubs, Inc. is excited to provide a grant opportunity for Garden Clubs working with youth clubs or groups planning and planting Pollinator Gardens. Grants, up to $200, are available for projects that include educational materials on the vital role pollinators play in nature and youth involvement in planning and planting gardens providing nesting and food sources for pollinators. Youth will learn the importance of providing appropriate food sources, nesting areas, shelter, and practicing sustainable gardening practices for pollinators by planning, planting, and maintaining these pollinator gardens.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Program

The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Program (SFE) is named for Wild Ones lifetime Honorary Directory Lorrie Otto, the founding inspiration for Wild Ones, Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, Ltd. SFE program provides meaningful learning opportunities that connect youth to nature and the Wild Ones mission. For more than 20 years, this vital Wild Ones donor-funded program has provided grants ranging from $100 to $500 for native plant gardens and landscaping projects throughout the United States. The funds are designated for acquiring native plants and seeds for outdoor learning areas that engage youth (preschool to high school) directly in planning, planting and caring for native plant gardens. Examples include pollinator gardens, rain gardens to improve water quality, tallgrass prairies, native plant monarch waystations featuring citizen science activities and sensory and natural playgrounds.

Applicants must apply by October 15 of the year prior to the grant year.

Prairie Garden Grants Program

Gardening and other conservation groups, parks, schools, and other entities in Missouri and surrounding states are invited to submit proposals to MPF’s Prairie Garden Grants Program. 

Deadline for 2022 has passed. Please check back in fall of 2022 for information on 2023 deadline.

Association For Butterflies Mini-Grant

This grant is offered annually in an effort to increase habitat and awareness of what is required to support butterflies and their life cycle. 

Application deadline is mid-February of each year. Please check back for 2023 submission deadline.

Additional Grants:

Grants - Illinois Native Plant Society (