John Z. Duling Grant Program

Tree Fund

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Grant amount: US $25,000

Next deadline: Sep 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Oct 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Capital Project, Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:




The John Z. Duling Grant Program was established and funded by a bequest from the estate of John Z. Duling of Indiana, a strong advocate of research who in 1972 proposed the establishment of the ISA Research Trust. The goal of this program is to provide start-up or seed funding to support innovative research and technology transfer projects that have the potential of benefiting the everyday work of arborists.

John Z. Duling Grants may be used to support exploratory work in the early stages of untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas and approaches. Examples may include application of new approaches to research questions, or application of new expertise involving novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.

Projects are expected to be completed within one to three years with a maximum grant award of $25,000.  Due to the similarity of the Jack Kimmel International Grant and John Z. Duling Grant, applicants may submit to only one of these programs per annual project funding cycle.

TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin.

Focus Areas

 In 2019, TREE Fund’s John Z. Duling Grant program will be focused specifically on plant health care, to include such sample areas of inquiry as (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Wound response to injection; 
  • Applied tree physiology;
  • Pest management;
  • Invasive species;
  • Climate change;
  • Resistance breeding;
  • Decay assessment/spread;
  • Tree innoculation;
  • Response growth;
  • Etc.

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


  • Eligible costs and matching requirement:
    • 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 requires a match of at least 10% cash or in-kind.


  • No project may receive more than one award from this program.
  • TREE Fund does not fund the following types of projects, and will not accept applications for such work:
    • Grants to individuals; 
    • Projects that are primarily municipal tree surveys or assessments;
    • Tree planting programs;
    • Studies of individual tree species for the primary purpose of agricultural or timber/forest planting yield;
    • Commercial tree- or soil-related product testing primarily for the benefit of the company that manufactures the product.
  • Current trustees of TREE Fund or any member of the family of any such trustee are ineligible to receive grants from TREE Fund.