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Ohio Chapter ISA Education Grant Program

Established in 2012 within TREE Fund, the Ohio Chapter International Society of Arboriculture Education Grant Program funds arboricultural education programs or projects within the state of Ohio. The purpose of this grant is to increase the public awareness of and support the advancement of knowledge in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees and the environment. 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, including but not limited to , arboretums, public gardens, high schools, vocational schools, two-year colleges and four-year colleges which serve a target population of 16 years of age or older. Individuals may only apply for grants if they have such an organization as a fiscal agent, confirmed in writing on agency letterhead.

Projects are expected to be completed within one year. One $5,000 grant will be awarded annually. No project may receive more than one award from this program within a two-year period. 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 Ohio Chapter ISA Education Grants to:

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

Successful project requests must:

  • Relate to arboriculture, urban forestry or related disciplines
  • Serve a target population of 16 years of age or older
  • Include a hands-on, interactive or experiential component
  • Include a sound evaluation component to demonstrate program outcomes and impact

Application Process

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

You will need the following to complete the online application:

  • Organization’s current and  projected operating budgets
  • Current audited financial report
  • Tax exemption determination letter from IRS
  • Current list of the Board of Directors
  • Project’s purpose, significance, design and goals
  • Project budget
  • Information on funds pending or received from other sources
  • Organization’s mission and history

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 increases knowledge in arboriculture or urban forestry (25 points)
  • Project is hands-on (15 points)
  • Need is defined (15 points)
  • Objectives are clearly stated and adequately assessed (15 points)
  • Timeline is feasible (10 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 treefund.org/grants/grant-recipient-resources.

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

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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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