Our Programs

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.” – JoAnne McCarty, Sebastian Elementary School

Viva Florida

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:

  • Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Sanford
  • Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland
  • Gillespie Museum, Stetson University, DeLand
  • Silver Springs State Park, Ocala
  • Rosebud Continuum, Land O’Lakes
  • Mounts Botanical Gardens, West Palm Beach

Criteria

  • This grant is open to botanical gardens, public parks, nature centers and public lands.
  • Projects must have strong educational components.
  • Projects must be in highly visible, publicly accessible areas.
  • Up to $3,000 per project may be awarded.
  • This is a matching grant program; applicants must provide evidence of in-kind or monetary contributions of 50% of more.

The Viva Florida grant application period will open on January 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2019. Awards will be announced on August 30, 2019.

Download the application planning document, which has a link to the online application. (The application link works only during the application period.)

Thinking of applying? Join our email news list to receive notice of the application period opening.

“Our wildflowers allowed us to promote native wildflower gardening and educate our visitors about the importance of Florida’s native insect pollinators.” – Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden

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.

Criteria

  • 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.

Download the grant planning document, which has a link to the online application. (The application link works only during the application period.)

Thinking of applying? Join our email news list to receive notice of the application period opening.

“The garden is amazing! We are totally enjoying the wonderful flowers.” – Volusia Pines Elementary teacher, Lake Helen

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.