Awards and Grants

Conservation Grants

FNPS Conservation Grants support applied native-plant conservation projects in Florida. Applicants can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 awarded for a 1-year period. Projects must promote the preservation, conservation, or restoration of rare or imperiled native plant taxa and rare or imperiled native plant communities.  To qualify for a Conservation Grant, the proposed project must be sponsored by an FNPS Chapter.

Contact: Juliet Rynear

Contact Email: info@fnps.org

Application Deadline: 03-05-2021

Landscape Awards

Each year at the Annual Conference, FNPS gives awards for high quality native plant landscapes in the categories of residential, commercial, institutional, transportation, restoration, mitigation and wildflower/butterfly garden - landscaped primarily with native plants. 

Award Levels:  Excellence,   Honor,  Merit

Contact: Ron Blair

Contact Email: info@fnps.org

Application Deadline: 03-05-2021

Research Grants

The Florida Native Plant Society maintains and Endowment Grant program for the purpose of funding research on native plants.  These are small grants (typically $1500 or less), awarded for a 1-year period, and intended to support research that forwards the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society "to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida."

Contact: Paul Schmalzer

Contact Email: info@fnps.org

Application Deadline: 03-05-2021

Dan Austin Award for Ethnobotany

This award is limited to graduate or undergraduate students who are studying Florida ethnobotany – i.e., the study of the relationship between peoples or cultures with plants native to Florida or Florida ecosystems. These can be current uses or historic uses.

Award Evaluation Criteria

  • Research must focus on Florida native plant species or plant communities.
  • Research project must have a human/plant connection.
  • Research can include mycology, taxonomy, botany, demographics of medicinal plants, medicinal chemistry, human effects on soils, economic importance, etc.  

Contact: Juliet Rynear

Contact Email: info@fnps.org

Application Deadline: 03-05-2021

Cornelia McNamara Grant

The Cornelia McNamara Grant is named in honor of a long-term member who passed away last year.  The Cornelia McNamara grant is made possible by a generous donation from Chris Calder, a Cuplet Fern Chapter member who wants to advance the knowledge of our native plant heritage.  Chris's donation will allow FNPS to award grants for four years, so there will be an annual request for proposals.  

The specific grant objectives are:

•         To advance the study of Florida’s native plant species and habitats 
•         To promote efforts that yield quantitative data and information about native plant species 
•         To encourage data collection that is typically unsupported and unfunded by traditional academic                            institutions and funders.

Contact: Paul Schmalzer

Contact Email: info@fnps.org

Application Deadline: 03-05-2021

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