Press Release: NIRPC’s CommuniTree makes trees free to region communities

March 4, 2022

Deadline to apply for Spring 2022 planting season is March 11, 2022.

Communities in Northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed can apply to receive free native trees.

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is accepting applications for the Spring 2022 planting season through the CommuniTree Community Tree Grant Program. 

Applications are due March 11, 2022. Applications and details can be found at

Eligible applicants include public entities, such as municipalities; neighborhoods; schools; churches; and conservation, community, or service organizations. In most cases, trees must be planted in public spaces such as parks, schools, churches, and along public roadway easements within northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed. 

Applicants receiving trees must agree to plant properly and maintain the trees. Training will be provided.

NIRPC is a partner in CommuniTree, an initiative to plant 10,000 new trees in the region by the end of 2022. Learn more on Facebook at the @NWICommuniTree page or on YouTube at

Funding for the CommuniTree Community Tree Grant Program is made possible through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant awarded to NIRPC by the USDA Forest Service


Last modified: March 4, 2022