The Florida Wildflower Foundation uses proceeds from the sale of the Florida State Wildflower license plate to fund its education, planting and research programs, which include grant programs. Grants help the Foundation accomplish its strategic goals by providing knowledge about and exposure to Florida's native wildflowers.
Grants are available primarily for research and planting projects. Within our research program, a recent grant funded the development of a scientific database that includes more than 260 species. Other research projects identified and developed seed germination and storage protocols and evaluated new species for landscape use. All three projects aim to increase the availability of native wildflowers.
Planting grants beautify communities, schools, parks, roadsides and other public places while elevating awareness of Florida’s natural landscape and its myriad benefits.
This grant program is for Florida botanical gardens, parks and nature centers that wish to establish or augment wildflower demonstration gardens. Resulting gardens showcase the beauty and variety of Florida’s native wildflowers while demonstrating their use in conventional landscapes. The gardens must also relate the history and natural heritage of La Florida, “place of flowers.” Educational components may include classes, signage and educational materials.
Up to three grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded annually. Applications may be submitted at any time for spring or fall planting projects. Grant awardees will be notified of acceptance or denial within 45 days of applying. The application will close after all grants for the year have been awarded. Download the grant planning document, which includes a link to the online application. For questions about the grant program and requirements, contact Program Manager Stacey Matrazzo at SMatrazzo@FlaWildflowers.org.
Click the following links to see examples of previously funded projects:
This program provides Florida native ecotype wildflower plants and classroom resources to schools statewide. Applications will be accepted between March 1 and April 30. Visit the Seedlings for Schools page to learn more. Download the planning document to get started.
Counties that have passed a Wildflower Resolution are eligible for this program, which supplies a contractor to teach county road maintenance staff to plant and/or maintain roadside wildflowers. Interested counties should contact Executive Director Lisa Roberts at LRoberts@FlaWildflowers.org or 407-622-1606.
No research grants are available at this time. However, the Foundation continues to sponsor research projects that accomplish its goals. Read more about sponsored research. To suggest an area of research, contact Executive Director Lisa Roberts at LRoberts@FlaWildflowers.org or 407-622-1606407-622-1606.
Current projects include grade-school wildflower curriculum development, wildflower ecotourism awareness, and support for educational events, such as the Florida Wildflower Festival in DeLand and the Foundation's annual Florida Wildflower Symposium.
To propose support for an education project, contact Executive Director Lisa Roberts at LRoberts@FlaWildflowers.org or 407-622-1606407-622-1606.
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