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Arboriculture Education Grant Program


The Arboriculture Education Grant Program supports the development of unique, creative or innovative educational programs and materials to foster interest in and enthusiasm for urban and community forests. Successful project requests must:

  • Relate to arboriculture, urban forestry or related disciplines
  • Include a hands-on, interactive or experiential component
  • Include a sound evaluation component to demonstrate program outcomes and impact

Priority is given to programs that create opportunities for children aged 5 to 18 to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for their own urban and community forests, though such opportunities may be offered in conjunction with family or adult education experiences. While new programs in new markets are highly desirable, proposals that foster significant expansion in the number of participants served by successful programs or the addition of complementary modules to expand successful program content will also be considered. The grant application process is open to non-profit, charitable, municipal or educational organizations that can demonstrate tax-exempt status, are not engaged in partisan political or religious activity, and whose mission is consonant with TREE Fund’s charitable purpose. Individuals may only apply for grants if they have such an organization as a fiscal agent, confirmed in writing on agency letterhead. Projects must be completed within one year. Grant award amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000, and may vary from the amount requested. Applicants may include institutional overhead costs in the project budget. TREE Fund caps such costs in its grant awards at 10% of total grant value.

TREE Fund does not award Arboriculture Education Grants to:

  • Endowments
  • Annual operating campaigns
  • Political campaigns
  • Religious programs
  • Tree planting programs

Application Process

Applications will be accepted only through the online process and are due March 15.

You will need the following information to complete the online application:

  • Organization’s mission and history
  • Organization’s operating budget for the year funding is requested
  • Most recent audited financial statement
  • Tax exemption determination letter from IRS or foreign tax authorities
  • List of the current Board of Directors
  • Project’s purpose, significance, design and goals
  • Complete project budget
  • Information on funds pending or received from other sources

Criteria for Selection

Recommendations on grant awards will be presented to the TREE Fund Board of Trustees for final approval at or before the May Board Meeting and will be announced within two weeks of their decision.

Applications will be scored on the following scale:

  • Relevant staff are qualified (10 points)
  • Project demonstrates unique, original or creative approaches (10 points)
  • Project increases understanding of and appreciation for participants’ own urban and community forests (15 points)
  • Project has hands-on, interactive or experiential components (15 points)
  • Need is clearly defined (5 points)
  • Objectives are clearly stated (15 points)
  • Evaluation metrics can adequately demonstrate program outcomes and impact (15 points)
  • Timeline is feasible (5 points)
  • Budget is clear and reasonable for the project (10 points)

TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin. Current Trustees of TREE Fund or any member of the family of any such Trustee are ineligible to receive grants from TREE Fund.

Reporting Requirements and Funds Distribution

Recipients will be notified within two weeks of the Board’s award decision. The award letter will include a Grant Conditions and Agreement Form, which must be signed and returned within two weeks of the award notification date. The recipient will also be asked to upload a brief summary of the project and an organization logo for use in TREE Fund and industry publications.

Upon TREE Fund’s receipt of the signed Grant Conditions and Agreement Form, the full award amount will be sent to the recipient. A final report is due to the TREE Fund office within 15 days of the project completion date identified in the application.

The report shall supply sufficient information as described in the Grant Conditions and Agreement Form to verify that the grant is being used for the purposes intended and to allow TREE Fund to fulfill its public reporting responsibilities. The recipient will also be asked to submit photos of the project with the final report. Templates of the Grant Conditions and Agreement Form and final report may be viewed at

If the education program is presented in any written or oral presentation, underwriting credit to TREE Fund should be offered.


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Congrats & thanks

The Utility Arborist Research Fund (UARF) has topped $1.0 million, and we will start issuing UARF grants in 2018! Read more here.

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