Apply for the Gear Up Program

Gearing up for success just got easier.

Many college programs don’t have the funds to purchase materials imperative to proper training.

Gear up is a program created by the TCIAF as well as STIHL to provide FIVE colleges with $5,000 to be used towards the purchase of new STIHL equipment. Selected schools will be able to customize their package to help strengthen their college’s tree care program!

Colleges with arboriculture, horticulture, urban forestry and other related programs are eligible! Simply complete the online application and tell us how your program or school would benefit from new equipment.

Applications are currently being accepted! Apply for the Gear Up Program here.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm EST on October 28, 2020! So don’t wait, apply for the Gear Up Program today!

STIHL pop up tent with Arborists standing in harnesses

2019 Gear Up Winners

Allegany College of Maryland, Cumberland, MD
Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR
Huntley College of Agriculture, Pomona, CA
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA

Important Dates

October 4 2019: Applications are due by 10:00PM EST

October 19, 2019: TCIAF will review all applications and decisions are communicated via mail and email by October 19.

November 8, 2019: Winners are recognized at TCIAF’s Student Career Days Awards Ceremony at TCI EXPO. (You do not need to present, but it is an awesome event!)

Review Process Overview

Applications are due by 10:00PM EST on October 4, 2019. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

Applicants will receive an email notifying them that TCIAF has received their application. If you do not receive an email confirming your submission, you have not successfully submitted your application. TCIAF will request further information regarding your application if needed.

TCIAF will review all complete applications. Applications will be reviewed based on the quality of the submission, and will not be compared to one another. Winning submissions are at the discretion of TCIAF.

Winning schools will receive one (1) $5,000 STIHL voucher. Winners will also receive STIHL signage and promotional pieces, and are eligible for training support from their local STIHL dealer representative OR three time ISA international tree climbing champion, ISA certified arborist, and STIHL spokesperson Mark Chisholm (pending availability).

Winning schools are responsible for all coordination upon receipt of the voucher. TCIAF and STIHL will assist, when needed.

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