Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Grant

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

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Next deadline: Jul 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Aug 17, 2020 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Horticulture & Gardening

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Research, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Caribbean, Central America, North America, South America, Australia

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

NOTE: 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. Full proposals are due at the "full proposal" deadline above. 

The Trust welcomes inquires from organizations seeking funding for projects that meet its funding interests  in ornamental horticulture and its eligibility requirements.

Funding Interests

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust supports education and research in ornamental horticulture, primarily in North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Australia. 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

The Trust supports projects that directly further research or education in ornamental horticulture in North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Australia, including:

  • Development of programs and projects
  • Physical improvements
  • Signage
  • Access
  • Equipment
  • Publications
  • and, under some circumstances, general operations and/or salaries

COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 and 2021, the Trust will consider requests for general operating support in amounts up to $10,000 from organizations whose activities normally are well-aligned with the Trust’s interests. An application for general operating support may comprise the entire amount requested, or it may supplement a request for project-based funding.

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.

Size, Duration, and Types of Grants

The maximum grant awarded by the Trust is $25,000, however, grants normally do not exceed $20,000. Grants may be approved for full or partial funding of the requested amount.

The grant period during which funds should be used is the calendar year. For example, for grants awarded in November 2020, the grant period will be January 1 to December 31, 2021. It is expected that funds will be spent during this year. 

The Trust awards grants for distinct projects, equipment and capital needs, and, under some circumstances for general operating support and salaries. The Trust does not fund endowments or indirect costs, or make grants to individuals. In response to the pandemic, in 2020 and 2021, the Trust will consider requests for general operating support in amounts up to $10,000 from organizations whose activities normally are well-aligned with the Trust’s interests. An application for general operating support may comprise the entire amount requested, or it may supplement a request for project-based funding. This policy will be in effect in both 2020 and 2021, so that organizations not eligible to apply in 2020 will have the opportunity to benefit next year.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Ineligibility:

  • The Trust does not fund endowments or indirect costs.
  • The Trust also does not fund projects concerned primarily with agriculture, environmental issues, science education, or horticultural therapy.
  • Proposals from organizations that have more than one grant still outstanding generally are not considered favorably.
  • The Trust does not make grants to individuals.

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