Grants and Awards


Research and Grant Application – Notes for applicant:

The Arboricultural Association offers a grant to support research into a relevant arboricultural topic on an annual basis. Applications are invited for funding of up to £10,000 for projects based within the UK. The grant will be awarded at the discretion of the Arboricultural Association to support work considered appropriate.

Applicants should complete the enclosed application form using the guidance notes below.

The closing date for applications is 30th September of each year. All applications received in the previous 12 months will be considered at the October meeting of the Arboricultural Association Education and Training Committee. The successful applicant will awarded the grant in November.

  1. Applicants Details
    • Give the name, address, telephone, fax and email of the main person(s) undertaking the research
    • If the application is from an organisation, the name of the individual(s) directly responsible for the research should be stated along with their position in the organisation and the name and address of the organisation
    • Give the names of any other individuals who will be significantly involved in the research
    • All applicants should provide details of their suitability to undertake the proposed work (qualifications, experience, supervisor etc. as appropriate).
  2. Project Details
    • State the general project title (e.g. Application of Poulson’s Poulminator to Tree Surveys)
    • Provide a brief outline of the project. The objectives of the project should be stated clearly and concisely.
    1. To determine the feasibility of using a Poulminator in the field.
    2. To assess the reliability of Poulminator readings.
    3. To compare the efficiency of Poulminator readings with alternative devices
      • Give an outline of the research plan, methodology and the main research methods to be used
      • Identify the expected outcomes and findings of the project. These should be stated clearly and concisely
      • Provide information explaining the relevance and significance of the project outcomes to the arboriculture industry. This could include the public benefits and use of the research outcomes within the industry
      • Provide details on how the project outcomes and findings will be published and disseminated to the arboriculture industry. A copy of any publication arising from a supported project should be sent to the Arboricultural Association. The Arboricultural Association will require the recipient of the grant to provide a paper on the outcomes of the research suitable for the Arboricultural Journal and may require the recipient to present a paper at the annual conference (for which expenses will be met)
  3. Funding
    • Clearly state the amount of grant requested
    • Provide details of how the grant funding will be used. Include specific information on use of the funds (e.g. to pay for travel and subsistence, materials or items of equipment)
    • Provide an outline of other funding that is required for the project and the sources that they will be obtained from
    • Give details of any other grant applications that have been made to other organisations for this project.
  4. Endorsement
    • The application should be endorsed by two suitable people who are familiar with the applicant and the proposal.

Applications are to be forwarded to the:

Arboricultural Association
The Malthouse, 
Stroud Green, 
GL10 3DL, 
United Kingdom

The AA is currently unable to award grants but invites sponsors to fund its grantmaking activities. 


Download The Application Form

The Arboricultural Association Award

Each year the Association seeks to recognise a significant and positive contribution to the arboricultural industry or profession by the presentation of the Arboricultural Association Award to an individual.>/p>

The nomination1 and selection process

The process for nominating a candidate2 to receive the award is as follows:

  • nominations must be submitted by individuals, not companies or organisations
  • nominations must take the form of a reasoned case of no more than 1000 words detailing the nominee’s achievements and background
  • nominations are to be submitted to the head office of the Association, marked ‘Association Award Nomination – private and confidential’, for the attention of the CEO, by 30 June
  • nominations must be formally proposed and seconded, and must be accompanied by the proposer’s and the seconder’s names and written confirmation that they endorse the nomination
  • the CEO will convene a panel to consider the merits of the various nominations, its deliberations to be concluded by 31 July

The award panel

The panel will be composed of the Vice Chairman, a Vice President and the Chair of Professional Committee.

The award criteria

The over-riding criterion to be considered when deliberating the relative merits of the nominations is ‘Service to Arboriculture’: the panel will consider nominees’ excellence or their advancement of practice, research, writing, teaching or other relevant service. It is the role of the award panel to consider the relative merits of the nominations and to determine the recipient of the award. If the quality of the nominations is unsatisfactory the panel is not obliged to make an award.

Presentation of the award

The award will be presented to the recipient at the Association’s Annual Conference.

1 Nominations must be made by third parties; self-nomination will not be permitted.

2 Nominees need not be Arboricultural Association members.