John Z. Duling Grant Program

Tree Fund

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Grant amount: US $25,000

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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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. 

Duling grants may be used to support exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas and approaches. Examples may include application of new approaches to research questions, or application of new expertise such as involving novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary  perspectives. 

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.


  • 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. Increasingly, arborists are 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 in the tree care industry that affects tree workers and the public. Detection of defects, and knowing how they develop, and understanding tree dynamics are all important facets of risk assessment. Similarly, improved equipment and better work practices among arborists are critical needs.
    • 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.