Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Grant

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

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Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

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

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 15, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: 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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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

In recognition of the hardships numerous gardens and other horticultural organizations have experienced during 2017 due to damages caused by natural disasters (storms, fires, earthquakes, flooding, etc.), for the 2018 grant cycle, the Trust will allocate a portion of its available funds specifically to support damage remediation at such qualified organizations that make application to the Trust with competitive proposals. Applicants in this category are strongly encouraged to contact the Grants Director to discuss their situation and potential project before applying:

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


  • 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.


  • 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.