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Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
for Horticulture Learning Programs and Research

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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for ornamental horticulture educational and research initiatives, focused primarily in North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, New Zealand, and Australia. An LOI must be submitted before applying. Funding is intended for specific projects, equipment, and capital needs, and, under some circumstances, for general operating support and salaries.

The Trust seeks to fund projects that will further ornamental horticulture at organizations pursuing the following activities:
- The advancement of research in ornamental horticulture and the publication of the results of such research
- Assisting in the creation, development, preservation, and maintenance of gardens accessible to the public for educational purposes
- Promotion of the environmentally responsible introduction, cultivation, and distribution of plants which have ornamental horticultural value
- Assisting in the publication of books or other works relating to ornamental horticulture
- Informal and/or formal educational activities that further ornamental horticulture

Examples of such projects include:
- Development of programs and projects
- Physical improvements
- Signage
- Access
- Equipment
- Publications
- and, under some circumstances, general operations and/or salaries

For additional information about the focus areas of research, public gardens, ornamental plants, publications, and education, see:

The Trust recognizes the hardships gardens and other horticultural organizations experience due to damages caused by natural disasters (storms, fires, earthquakes, flooding, etc.), and welcomes requests from qualified organizations to support damage remediation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172498

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award through the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust is normally $25,000; however, awards normally do not exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period during which funds should be used is the calendar year. For example, for grants awarded in November 2019, the grant period will be January 1 to December 31, 2020. It is expected that funds will be spent during this year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Trust makes grants to organizations that are recognized as 501(c)(3) public charities by the United States Internal Revenue Service, and to non-U.S. organizations that can demonstrate that they would meet the requirements for such status. Grants are typically made to botanical gardens, arboreta, and universities.

In order to be eligible to submit a new funding request in 2019, an organization must have:
- Not received a grant award in November 2018, and
- Submitted a grant report for any previous grant(s) by April 30, 2019

The Trust does not fund endowments or indirect costs, or make grants to individuals. The Trust also does not fund projects concerned primarily with agriculture, environmental issues, science education or horticultural therapy.

Pre-Application Information:

The first step is to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) describing how your proposed project will further ornamental horticulture. A full proposal for funding will then be invited from applicants whose LOIs are found to be within the Trust’s grantmaking guidelines. The deadline to submit an LOI is July 15, 2019.

The deadline to submit a full proposal, if invited, is August 15, 2019.

Trustee decisions are made once a year, typically in November. Decision notifications and grant payments, if approved, are mailed in late November.

Only one Proposal per organization will be considered in a given year. Different campuses of a university system are excluded from this restriction, but this exemption applies only to geographically separate campuses (not separate units, offices, departments, programs, etc. of a single campus). For additional information about college and university applicants, see the guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Take the eligibility quiz (scroll down and click How to Apply for Funding):

For assistance with online grants portal contact:

Thomas F. Daniel, Grants Director

Dan Gaff, Director of Grants Management

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 309
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Grant Coverage Areas:

North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.