Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) is proud to announce its grant awardees from the spring 2024 application cycle.

Two grants been awarded from the spring application cycle, with awardee’s projects focusing on aiding nurseries and vegetation management.

The Barborinas Family Fund Grant, which supports work with study of the processes of the nursery industry with the focus on root system and above ground structures was awarded to NVK Nurseries and Mr. Ryan Munroe for their project, “Improving Tree Root Quality from Seedling to Finished Tree” in the amount of $10,000.

The Utility Arborist Research Fund Grant (UARF), established in 2010 with Utility Arborist Association, supports work with real importance and benefit to utility tree care professionals. The 2024 UARF Grant was awarded to West Virginia University and Dr. Paul Kinder Jr. for their project, “Improving Future Utility Vegetation Management Options by Developing a Public Collection of Open-Source Annotated Machine Learning Data Archive” in the amount of $50,000.

TREE Fund’s next grant application cycle will be in fall 2024, with applications being accepted between August 1 and October 1, and six grant opportunities available. Additional information on the grants available this fall and the application process can be found on TREE Fund’s website,

TREE Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry. TREE Fund promotes scientific inquiry designed to benefit commercial, residential, utility and consulting arborists, urban foresters, and other professionals in related fields in their shared work to create, support and sustain vibrant urban canopies. TREE Fund offers nine grants and six scholarships each year. More information can be found at