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Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
for Horticulture Learning Programs and Research

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Adminitrust LLC - Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for ornamental horticulture educational and research initiatives, focused primarily in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Australia. Funding is intended to support projects that directly further research or education in ornamental horticulture.

New for 2018: 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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172498

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award through the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust is normally $25,000; however, awards normally do not exceed $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. Grants are typically made to botanical gardens, arboreta, and universities.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations seeking funding from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust should confirm that the proposed project meets the funding interests and eligibility requirements of the Trust. The eligibility quiz linked in Contact Information below will help you determine if it would be appropriate for you to submit a funding proposal to the Trust.

Funding proposals to the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust are accepted online only. Please do not mail your proposal to the Trust.

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, if invited, are due August 15, 2018. However, because all funding requests begin with a brief LOI, please allow enough time for your LOI to be reviewed by Trust staff in advance of the full proposal deadline. LOIs submitted very close to Aug. 15 may not provide adequate time for a response from the Trust and full proposal submission.

Decisions are made once a year, typically in November. Notifications and grant payments are mailed in late November.

One proposal per organization or program. Because the Trust’s application process is very competitive, and to ensure it is open to as many qualified applicants as possible, only one proposal per organization will be considered in a given year. “Organization” is defined by the unique Tax ID/EIN associated with the proposal and by the project or program that would receive the award.

For example, the Trust will not consider two proposals from two different EINs to support the same organization/program. Additionally, the Trust can only consider one proposal from a fiscal sponsor with multiple sponsored projects that share the Tax ID/EIN of the sponsor.

Different campuses of a university system are excluded from this restriction, but this exemption applies only to geographically separate campuses (not separate units, offices, departments, programs, etc. of a single campus).

Likewise, a particular program or department of a university (e.g., an arboretum or botanical garden) may not submit a new proposal using a different EIN (e.g., using the University Foundation’s EIN instead of the University’s EIN) if the original program or department has not yet met its reporting obligations to the Trust for a prior grant.

For more detailed guidelines for college and university applicants, please see the attached PDF Additional Guidelines for College and University Applicants.


More information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Take the eligibility quiz:

For questions about the Trust’s online system, please contact or call AdminiTrust at 415-332-0166.

Thomas F. Daniel, Grants Director

AdminiTrust LLC
770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 309
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.