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Research Grants

The TREE Fund’s research grants have contributed to improvements in plant management techniques, industry safety practices and equipment, and strategies for disease and pest control.  Proposals in the areas of Root and Soil Management; Planting and Establishment; Plant Health Care; Risk Assessment and Worker Safety; and Urban Forestry are most likely to be funded, but all proposals are considered.  Contact the TREE Fund to learn more about these grant opportunities:

Hyland R. Johns Grant Program
Supports research that directly affects the work of industry professionals.
Award amount: up to $25,000
Applications accepted January 1 – April 1
Read more and apply…

John Z. Duling Grant Program
Provides “seed” funding for new, innovative research projects.
Award amount: up to $10,000
Applications accepted July 1 – October 1
Read more and apply…

Jack Kimmel International Grant Program
Provides funding for arboriculture research projects all over the world.
Award amount: up to $10,000
Applications accepted July 1 – October 1
Read more and apply…

Research Fellowship Grant Program
Supports mentored doctoral research projects in priority areas of arboriculture and urban forestry.
Award amount: $100,000
Applications accepted July 1 – October 1

Directed Grant Program
With guidance from the Board of Trustees, the Research Committee may select a topic and solicit proposals from specific researchers.  The size of the grant is determined by the scope of the project and funds available.

Sponsored Grant Program
Organizations or individuals may fund a research project of their choosing, to be administered by the TREE Fund.  The project must be compatible with the mission of the TREE Fund, and funding must be secured prior to release of solicitation of proposals.  Project administration is managed by the TREE Fund, and an administrative fee applies.

Before applying for a grant, carefully read Grant Guidelines. Applications that do not contain all the requested information may be denied.  Contact the TREE Fund with questions about grant programs, the application process, and program category selection.


View an archive of past research projects supported by the TREE Fund.

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Top Volunteer Announced

Congratulations to Dick Rideout, winner of this year's Ken Ottman Award! Read about his outstanding service here.

We are so excited about the opportunity to expand the Arboriculture Education program at our Outdoor Education Science Camp. We truly appreciate the TREE Fund for all of its support with this wonderful opportunity.

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