Awards and Grants


Awards and Grants

Awards and Grants

Honoring Those Who Support Our Mission

Awards

Palmetto Awards

          Submit a Green Palmetto Award Nomination

Once a year, the Florida Native Plant Society bestows various awards to members and chapters for their contributions to our mission. The Palmetto awards were established in 1984  to further the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society by encouraging and acknowledging the contributions to conservation of natural areas and native plants, and educating to these objectives.


Green Palmetto Award

The Green Palmetto Award is given to members who make major contributions to the Society through Service, Education, or Conservation. Those awarded are nominated by chapters or members, and the Board of Directors makes the final choice. FNPS Board members are not eligible.

Silver Palmetto Award

The Silver Palmetto Award is given to FNPS members, usually Board members, chosen by the FNPS President. They typically go to those who make major contribution to the functioning of the Society.

Chapter Green Palmetto Award

The Chapter Green Palmetto Award is given to chapters with outstanding efforts during the preceding year(s).


Any member can make Green Palmetto award nominations. Selection of Green Palmetto award winners is by a vote of the FNPS Board of Directors. Winners will be announced at our Annual Meeting in the summer, and featured on our website and social media Here’s a not so subtle hint: while secrecy isn’t a requirement, it’s always nice to surprise the awardee when the award is announced.

Nominations must be submitted via the linked form above. If you have any questions about this award or the submission process, please contact Valerie or the President of the Society.

Contact: Valerie Anderson

Contact Email: communications@fnps.org

Application Deadline: May 01, 2024

Mentor Award

          Submit a Mentor Award Nomination

Created in 1995, the Mentor Award recognizes distinguished individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and practice of native plant preservation, conservation and restoration. This award is the highest honor the Society can bestow and is reserved for lifelong or career-long contributions.

Any member can make a Mentor Award nomination. Selection of Mentor award winners is by a vote of the FNPS Board of Directors. Winners will be announced at our Annual Meeting in the summer, and featured on our website and social media. Here’s a not so subtle hint: while secrecy isn’t a requirement, it’s always nice to surprise the awardee at the time the award is announced.

Nominations must be submitted via the linked form above. If you have any questions about this award or the submission process, please contact Valerie or the President of the Society.

Contact: Valerie Anderson

Contact Email: communications@fnps.org

Application Deadline: May 01, 2024

Florida Native Plant Society Emerging Leaders Under 30 Recognition

          Submit an Emerging Leaders Nomination

The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) Emerging Leaders Under 30 Recognition celebrates the exceptional contributions of young leaders and rising stars in the field of native plant conservation, education, and awareness in Florida. This prestigious recognition honors individuals under the age of 30 who have demonstrated outstanding dedication, innovation, and impact in their work.

The Emerging Leaders Under 30 Recognition is open to individuals from diverse backgrounds, including students, researchers, educators, conservationists, and community activists. Nominees should be passionate about native plant conservation and have a track record of significant contributions to the field. 

The selection criteria for the FNPS 30 Under 30 Award include:

  • Leadership: Nominees should demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, such as the ability to inspire and motivate others, build partnerships, and create positive change.

  • Innovation: Nominees should have a history of developing and implementing innovative approaches to native plant conservation.

  • Impact: Nominees should have a measurable impact on native plant conservation in Florida, such as through their research, education, or advocacy efforts.

  • Commitment: Nominees should be deeply committed to native plant conservation and have a vision for the future of the field.

In addition to the general criteria, the FNPS Emerging Leaders Under 30 Recognition also considers the following factors:

  • Diversity: The FNPS is committed to fostering diversity in the field of native plant conservation. Nominees from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

  • Collaboration: Nominees who have collaborated with others to achieve their conservation goals will be given special consideration.

  • Mentorship: Nominees who have mentored or inspired other young people in the field of native plant conservation will be given special consideration.

The Emerging Leaders Under 30 Recognition is a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of young leaders in the field of native plant conservation, education, and awareness in Florida. This award is a testament to the FNPS's commitment to fostering the growth of young professionals and ensuring the future of native plant conservation in the state.

Nominees for the Emerging Leaders Under 30 Recognition must be FNPS members and submitted by a current FNPS member in good standing. Winners will be announced at our Annual Meeting in the summer, and featured on our website and social media.

Nominations must be submitted via the linked form above. If you have any questions about the Emerging Leaders Under 30 Recognition or the submission process, please contact Valerie or the President of the Society.

Contact: Valerie Anderson

Contact Email: communications@fnps.org

Application Deadline: May 01, 2024

Landscape Awards

Applications for the 2023 FNPS Landscape Awards are now closed.

From residential yards to commercial landscapes and from large-scale restoration sites to small-scale wildlife and butterfly gardens, FNPS encourages Chapters, community groups, businesses, professionals, government agencies, HOA's and individuals to nominate their own or others' landscapes for recognition of their efforts to celebrate and highlight the benefits of native plants.

Please click the button below for details and to apply.

If you would like to be notified when the 2024 Landscape Awards open, please email:

Contact Email: info@fnps.org

Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2023

Grants

Research Grants

The Florida Native Plant Society maintains an Endowment Grant program for the purpose of funding research on native plants.  These are small grants (typically $2500 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: Mar 01, 2024

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: John Benton

Contact Email: conservation@fnps.org

Application Deadline: Mar 01, 2024

Dan Austin Grant 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.

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: John Benton

Contact Email: info@fnps.org

Application Deadline: Mar 01, 2024

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: Mar 01, 2024