Neighborhood Street Tree Planting Awards

The primary way new street trees are planted in Providence is through the PNPP & the City’s Neighborhood Street Tree Planting Award program.

  • This program is an opportunity each Spring & Fall for residents to receive 5-25 free street trees in exchange for committing to plant and take care of the new trees for their first growing season.
  • The Neighborhood Planting Days take place on Saturdays in April (for the Spring application) or October (for the Fall Application).
  • The deadline for submitting applications is: January 31st for a Spring Planting, or July 15th for a Fall Planting

To apply for street trees where you live or work, you will need:

  • A “Tree Leader” — One volunteer to organize and submit the application, and be the main contact and coordinator for the planting.
  • Requests from at least five properties for at least one tree at each property, within an area of one-to-two city blocks. (Trees can go in existing tree pits, in new pits in the sidewalk (if space allows) or in yard-edges (if close to the street and visible from the public right-of-way).
  • Signature of each property owner’s consent to the street tree planting.
  • Commitment from each property owner or tenant/resident to help plant trees on planting day, and to water and tend to their tree/s for the first growing season.

If your application is awarded, the Tree Leader must attend a training session in preparation for planting day and must be present on your neighborhood’s scheduled planting day.


TO APPLY: Read the additional info below, and download the application HERE   

Applications should be mailed to: P.O Box 5897, Providence, RI 02903.

Thinking about applying, or want help with an application?  We are happy to answer questions or do a site visit and look at potential planting spots with you. Email or call 401.368.5380 to get in touch!


Do you live in one of these neighborhoods?

PNPP especially encourages the following neighborhoods that are most in need of street trees to apply for Neighborhood Street Tree Planting Awards, and prioritizes those applications:

  • Elmwood
  • Smith Hill
  • Federal Hill
  • Valley
  • Olneyville
  • Washington Park
  • Reservoir
  • West End
  • Upper & Lower South Providence



  • Neighborhood Planting Applications should contain at least five separate properties, which each need at least one tree. Requests for more than 25 trees are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The goal in a plantings is to cover a condensed area, either stretching up and down one or two streets or clustered around a block or two, and planting at each consecutive street address, if there is room and interest from the resident. It’s better to focus your application on fewer, more concentrated tree sites and save outliers for future applications!
  • A full list of Planting/Spacing Guidelines may be found below, use this as a guide when you are selecting potential tree sites to include in an application.
  • Leave a PNPP flier (page 4 of application) at each address on your planting route. Each property owner should complete the tear-off portion of the flier and return it to you, as an agreement to abide by PNPP’s tree recipient requirements. **Applications submitted without these forms will not be considered complete**
  • Tenants may sign up to be the one who will plant/water the trees, but the property owner, or a representative of theirs, must sign to verify approval to plant.
  • High-traffic streets: there are a few streets in the city which are tricky when it comes to tree planting due to density/speed of traffic, width of lanes/sidewalks, sight-lines/visibility, and power-lines/utilities. (A few of these include Smith St, Manton Ave, Chalkstone Ave, Douglas Ave–though there are stretches of other main streets that fall into this category.) If you are considering a planting application that you think might include one of these streets, let us know and we will review with you.
  • Yard Trees: trees may be planted on private property in front yards as long as they are within clear sight of the public right-of-way, and have no fencing over 3 ft tall, structures, or other obstructions between them and the sidewalk.

Again, we are always happy to ‘pre-survey’ a potential application with you–get in touch with any questions! 

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