Grants for botany or plant conservation
Looking to fund botany research, native plant conservation or botanical gardens? The Instrumentl team has compiled this list of plant grants to get you headed in the right direction.
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The Oak Hill Fund
The Oak Hill Fund believes that restoring native tree species will directly improve our natural ecosystems, as well as our society. If we don't preserve all of these unique species and their habitat, we stand to lose an incredible biological resource.
We hope to support the following efforts:
Active restoration of diminished continental U.S. forest species (examples include Eastern Hemlock, Balsam Fir, American Chestnut and Longleaf Pine.)
Protection of native tree habitat through forest land preservation (can include property easements, as well as creation of newly preserved lands through either state/federal acquisition.)
Support of science-based research, seed orchard development and other associated expenses involved in species restoration.
Our Standard Grant program was established to provide resources for projects and programs that make visible impacts in communities throughout California. Since 2006, these funds have helped construct music facilities, restore historical buildings, preserve and acquire open spaces, protect endangered species, and facilitate the implementation of hundreds of other projects that fit within our areas of funding:
- Ecosystem Conservation
- Projects and programs that focus on the enhancement of habitats in which plants and wildlife thrive. We know that proper conservation and restoration of our ecosystems can only be accomplished when like-minded organizations work together for this common goal
- Historical Landmark Restoration
- Restoration, preservation, or acquisition of projects with historical significance that are 100 years or older, including new construction, enhancements, or improvements to buildings, monuments, landmarks, and documents.
- Music & Visual Arts
- Projects and programs that promote a robust arts community where talented artists can have adequate access to training, working facilities, artist work spaces, and other resources.
- Plant & Wildlife Protection
- Private organizations that desire to see plant and wildlife flourish and that work for the protection and conservation of endangered and threatened species.
- Land Conservation
- Protection and management of land with scenic, agricultural, or cultural values, such as parks, streams, and botanical gardens. We fund non-advocacy organizations with an active membership base that are hands-on and committed.
Heliconia Society International
The Heliconia Society International sponsors a small grants program supporting research projects on any aspects of the botany and horticulture of the Zingiberales conducted by graduate and post-doctoral students enrolled at recognized universities and research institutions. Annual grants of $1,000 are available, but only one award will be granted to any researcher at a time. A student or postdoc can receive a single grant in a three year period. After three years, they are welcome to submit another proposal to extend previously funded research or to support a separate project. Proposals may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed periodically by the Society's Grants Committee.
Applicants will be informed of the Committee's decision regarding their proposals 3-4 months after submission. In addition to the requested budget not to exceed $1,000 (US), awardees will receive one year's free membership to the HSI, and a summary of their research proposal will be published in the HSI Bulletin. Successful applicants must submit a final report within 12 months of receiving funding that describes the results of the project and includes a brief accounting of the funds spent. Awardees are also required to submit an article for publication in the HSI Bulletin upon conclusion of on their research.
Hardy Plant Society
The Hardy Plant Society offers a number of small bursaries, for students and for people who are employed in horticulture. Our aim is to stimulate interest in growing hardy herbaceous plants and to provide a deeper understanding of them. As part of our fulfilment of our Charitable Objectives we are able to offer the bursaries in response to a generous legacy from Mr Kenneth Black, who worked as a council gardener. They are not competitive and there are no application deadlines. We hope to make a decision within a month of receiving the application.
A successful applicant will receive free membership of the HPS for the year in which the work takes place (depending upon the calendar this may be longer than one year).
Descriptions of the bursaries
We have designed the bursaries specifically for students at colleges and universities studying subjects related to horticulture (but not necessarily restricted to hardy plants) and for horticulturalists in employment.
In both cases our general intention is to provide for travel and subsistence, relevant to the applicant’s horticultural learning and development. Examples include visits to places such as botanical gardens, note-worthy gardens, libraries, National Collections or herbaria which are overseas or not within easy reach of the workplace or home university or college. We may also consider things like study-day fees or short course fees.
The value of bursaries for students will normally be between £200 and £500, exceptionally £700; for employed people they will normally be limited to £500, exceptionally £700, for any one applicant.
Bursaries for students
The bursaries are open to undergraduate students studying horticultural subjects in the UK or UK-registered post-graduate students during project work. They are essentially extra support for students during either project work or study modules on topics broadly related to our aims and objectives. In such studies we are happy to accept ‘hardy’ to mean either cold or drought hardiness. We also consider conservation and propagation of hardy plants an appropriate subject.
As stated in ‘Descriptions of the Bursaries’ one of our targets is the provision of funds to support travel and subsistence away from the home institution, and we would normally expect materials and equipment for project work to be available within the college. However, where there are good reasons for this not being the case a student may make an application for funding for materials and equipment. The value of grants for materials and equipment will normally be £500, exceptionally £700, but this can be supplemented by funds from other sources such as college or other charitable funds.
Bursaries for people in employment
The bursaries are designed to help those employed in the horticultural sector develop their knowledge and understanding. ‘Development’ is key to our awarding a bursary. Although we expect that the bursary will be largely used in the support of travel and subsistence as outlined in ‘Description of the Bursaries’, we would consider similar development exercises.
Magnolia Society International
The Magnolia Society International (MSI) has long operated a research funding program designed to promote research to expand the knowledge base of the members of the genus Magnolia. The MSI Research Committee and Board of Directors recently completed a redesign of the research funding program to provide focus to the effort.
Michigan Botanical Foundation
The purpose of the Michigan Botanical Foundation (MBF) is to provide support for Michigan botanical research, educational publications, and related activities that enhance the knowledge and preservation of Michigan’s flora.
To help achieve the mission of the Foundation, grants will be made to support endeavors, both research- and community-based, that are consistent with the mission of the Foundation. We are interested in funding the following types of projects:
Research projects which involve the study of Michigan plants including but not limited to: (a) state or federally listed (rare, threatened, or endangered) species; (b) competition between invasive and native species; and (c) floristic surveys;
Environmental projects which have one or more of the following features: (a) the project will raise public awareness of Michigan's flora; (b) the project involves preservation, reclamation, or restoration of native habitat; (c) the proposed uses of the project site and access to it will result in public education;
Educational efforts such as workshops, institutes, conferences, and exhibits which hold the promise of increasing public awareness and knowledge of Michigan's flora. Student scholarships to attend valuable botanical conferences and educational programs are also considered for funding.
These grants will be made on a case-by-case basis upon application to the Foundation when adequate funding exists. Applications for grants must be shown to have educational value with respect to Michigan's flora and may be funded in whole or in part.
MBF makes grants in the range of USD $100.00 – USD $1,500; however, exceptions may be made.