Ohio Chapter ISA Education Grant Program
Established in 2012 within the Tree Research & Education Endowment 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 501(c)(3) organizations 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.
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. Unrecovered institutional overhead costs above this cap may be counted toward the required grant match.
The TREE Fund does not make grants to:
- Annual fund appeals
- Political campaigns
- Religious organizations
- Tree planting programs
A successful education grant project must:
- Increase knowledge of arboriculture or urban forestry
- Serve a target population of 16 years of age or older
- Have a “hands-on” component
Letters of intent are due August 1 and will only be accepted through the online form.
You will need the following to complete the online letter of intent:
- Description of the project for which funds are requested
- Complete project budget
- Current organization operating budget
- Current audited financial report
- 501(c)(3) determination letter
- Current list of the Board of Directors
Letters of intent will be reviewed within one week of receipt. If your letter is approved by the TREE Fund, you will be invited to submit an application due September 1. Applications will only be accepted through the online application form.
You will need the following to complete the online application:
- Project’s purpose, significance, design and goals
- Project budget
- Information on funds pending or received from other sources
- Organization’s mission and history
- Organization’s current and projected budgets
Criteria for Selection
Recommendations on grant awards will be presented to the TREE Fund Board of Trustees for final approval at or before the Autumn Board Meeting and will be announced within 30 days 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)
The TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin. Current trustees of the TREE Fund or any member of the family of any such trustee are ineligible to receive grants from the TREE Fund.
Reporting Requirements and Funds Distribution
Recipients will be notified within 30 days of the Board’s award decision. The award letter will include a Grant Conditions and Agreement Form, which must be signed and returned within 30 days 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 the 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 the 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 report and final report may be viewed at www.treefund.org/grants/grant-recipient-resources.
If the education program is presented in any written or oral presentation, we request that there be recognition of the funding provided by the TREE Fund.
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