Research, Conservation, Ethnobotany, and McNamara Grants are now open!

The Florida Native Plant Society maintains an Endowment Research Grant program for the purpose of funding research on native plants. These are small grants ($2500 or less), awarded for a 1-year period, and intended to support research that forwards the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society which is "to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida."

FNPS Conservation Grants support applied native plant conservation projects in Florida. These grants ($5000 or less) are awarded for a 1-year period. These projects 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.

The Dan Austin Award for Ethnobotany will provide up to $1500 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.

The Florida Native Plant Society has established a Cornelia McNamara Grant program for the purpose of funding applied research on native plants and habitats, particularly those that are rare or imperiled. These are small grants ($1500 or less), awarded for a 1-year period, and intended to support research that will yield data to inform the management for or restoration of native species and habitats.

Application guidelines and details are on the FNPS Web site (www.fnps.org), click on ‘What We Do/Awards and Grants’. Questions regarding the grant programs should be sent to info@fnps.org.

Application deadline for the 2022 Awards is March 4th, 2022. Awards will be announced at the May 2022 Annual Conference. Awardees do not have to be present at the Conference to receive an award.

by Paul Schmalzer, Science Committee Chair

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