TREE Fund: Hyland R. Johns Grant Program

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Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 15, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Unaffiliated Researcher Research Scientist Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




Established in 1995 to honor one of the leaders in the arboriculture industry and a founder of the ISA Research Trust, the Hyland R. Johns Grant Program funds longer term research and technology transfer projects that have the potential of benefiting the everyday work of arborists. Projects are expected to be completed within three to five years, with a maximum award value of $25,000. No project may receive more than one award from this program.

2020 Research Priorities

For 2020, the Hyland R. Johns Grants Program is looking to fund research on a topic related to Urban Forestry with emphasis on assessment, management and maintenance of communities of trees rather than individual specimens or species. Some examples of areas of potential interest to TREE Fund are:

  • New or refined tools to facilitate development of baseline and recurring tree inventories, including those used to assess impact of catastrophic weather events such as fire, flood, and excessive wind;
  • The role of urban trees in the creation/maintenance of ecosystem service; 
  • Development of tools to aid urban foresters in setting management priorities with an eye toward utilizing scarce resources to best advantage; and
  • Determination of the impacts of communities of invasive species on existing and future urban forest diversity and health.

Note that the list above is by no means exhaustive, and proposals to answer other questions relating to best practices for urban forest management will be considered.

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


  • TREE Fund requires a match of least 10% cash or in-kind support from other sources; applicant should be prepared to identify such sources;
  • TREE Fund caps institutional overhead costs in its grant awards at 10% of the total TREE Fund-funded amount of the project; unrecovered institutional overhead costs above this cap may be counted toward the required grant match.
  • TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin.


  • 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.