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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Institutions for Research Related to the Safety of Arborists

Safe Arborist Techniques Fund Grant Program


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 09/15/23
Deadline: 10/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $15,000 to USA, Canada, and International institutions for studies related to the safety of arborists. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for projects that will ultimately protect workers, residents, and property. TREE Fund welcomes research proposals and applications from a wide range of academic and technical disciplines, of both a qualitative and quantitative nature.

The Safe Arborist Techniques Fund (SATF) is a joint program of Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), established in 2015 to support research and development into the techniques and equipment that arborists use in climbing, rigging, and working on trees, and the means of identifying potential hazards, to provide a safer working environment. 

SATF grants must support useful inquiry into the areas of worker safety and/or biomechanics, to include investigation into tree failure mechanisms and causes, and offsetting practices and techniques to protect workers, residents and property. Sample topics (not all-inclusive) could include:

  • Decay assessment/spread;
  • Inoculating trees with root decay;
  • Response growth;
  • Mechanical pruning;
  • Lightning protection;
  • Support systems, cabling, etc.;
  • Machine-aided climbing;
  • Biomechanics;
  • Etc.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Institutions may apply.

LOIs must clearly identify the Principal Investigator and Institution who will be contracted for the work should your application be approved.

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.

Pre-Application Information
The first step to apply for this grant is to send an email containing a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) between August 1, 2023 and September 15, 2023.

Your completed application will only be accepted and reviewed between August 1 to October 1, 2023.

Recommendations on grant awards will be presented by the Research Committee to the TREE Fund Board of Trustees for approval in December 2023, and grant recipient(s) will be notified in writing within one month of Trustee approval.

Review the sample Grant Agreement form on the Grant Recipient Resources page at

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award value of SATF grants is $15,000.

Term of Contract
Grant-funded projects are expected to be completed within two years of initial fund disbursement.

Contact Information
Email LOIs and applications to

Direct questions to (630) 369-8300 or the email address above.

Tree Fund
552 S. Washington St., Suite 109
Naperville, IL 60540

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