Planting grants supply resources that give wildflowers a dynamic presence in public places, at schools and along roadways. They provide hands-on experiences for adults and children while beautifying communities and parks, and creating an awareness of Florida’s natural landscape.
“My students have learned so much and have been very excited with the process of growing our wildflowers.”
Viva Florida grants bring native beauty to state parks, botanical gardens, nature centers and other public places. These grants provide funds with which to purchase Florida native wildflowers and plants for public projects that showcase the beauty of Florida’s native wildflowers while demonstrating their varied uses. Past Viva Florida recipients include the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Sanford; Silver Springs State Park, Ocala, and the Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, near Lake Apopka.
- Projects must have strong educational components.
- Projects must be in highly visible areas.
- Up to $3,000 per project is granted.
The Viva Florida grant application period will open on January 1, 2019. Please check back to this page for information on when applications will again be accepted.
“Our wildflowers allowed us to promote native wildflower gardening and educate our visitors about the importance of Florida’s native insect pollinators.”
Seedlings for Schools
Wildflowers and classroom resources for Florida schools are provided through this program. Grants include $50 worth of plants, classroom resources and professional guidance on garden establishment. Grants are awarded in July; plants are shipped in September in time for the new school year. Teachers who are awarded grants are eligible to receive more wildflowers in the spring if fall gardens are successfully established and cared for.
- Public, private and homeschool pre-K through grade 12 teachers may apply.
- Wildflower garden must be planted on property accessible to the public.
- Applications for the 2018 grant period will be accepted between March 15, 2018 and June 15, 2018.
“The garden is amazing! We are totally enjoying the wonderful flowers.”
Resources designed to help your wildflower gardens – and gardeners – grow.
Wild About Wildflowers! Activity Guide
Our comprehensive activity guide encourages students to learn about Florida’s native wildflowers and their purpose and place in Florida’s unique habitats. These fun, engaging activities will help students achieve a variety of Florida educational standards in math, science and language. When presented from start to finish, the guide gives students a comprehensive introduction to wildflowers, as well as to flowers in general. Activities are correlated to third- and fourth-grade standards but can be adapted to other grade levels. All activities are suitable for informal settings.