Jack Kimmel International Grant

Tree Fund

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Grant amount: US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Sep 15, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 1, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



Jack Kimmel grants provide much needed funding to arboriculture and urban forestry researchers all over the world. This grant is administered by the TREE Fund, with participation from the Canadian TREE Fund in the evaluation process.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grant award amounts are limited to a maximum of $10,000 and will vary depending upon the adjudged value of the project relative to the needs of the arboriculture community. 
  • The TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin. 
  •  Due to the similarity of the Jack Kimmel International Grant and John Z. Duling Grant, TREE Fund requests that applicants submit to only one of these programs per unique project and funding cycle. 
  • Related but unique projects submitted across programs may be considered within a given funding cycle.


  • The TREE Fund research priority areas are derived from the Revised National Research and Technology Transfer Agenda for Urban and Community Forestry.
  • Proposals in the following priority areas are more likely to be funded, but all proposals will be considered.
    • Root and soil management:
      • Many urban tree problems originate below ground. Promoting root development, protecting roots from injury and managing conflicts with infrastructure are issues that arborists encounter regularly. Managing roots includes soil management.
    • Propagation, planting and establishment: 
      • Methods of ensuring survival and vigorous growth of trees after planting are of concern to arborists and the entire green industry. Arborists are increasingly dealing with problems that originate in, or could be avoided during the planting process.
    • Plant health care: 
      • Healthy plants have more effective defense systems and are better able to resist pests. Complete understanding of plant health may lead to new pest control strategies.
    • Risk assessment and worker safety: 
      • Safety is a major concern. It can be a life-or-death issue to both tree workers and the public. Detection of defects, and knowing how they develop, are important. Improved equipment and work practices are needed.
    • Urban forestry: 
      • Management of urban trees and forests requires improved understanding of how urban forest ecosystems function, their management, and how they interact with people in communities and at the urban/rural interface.


  • No project may receive more than one award from this program.
  • If identical proposals/projects are submitted to both Jack Kimmel International Grant and John Z. Duling Grant within one funding cycle, neither will be considered for review.
  • 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.