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.
The La Florida, "Land of Flowers," Community Planting Grant program awards $500 seed or plant vouchers with which to purchase Florida native wildflower seeds or plants. Up to 15 grants are available. This matching grant program is for Florida Native Plant Society chapters and government agencies. Applicants must function or be based within the 24 counties and two municipalities that have adopted wildflower resolutions. Other counties and municipalities may qualify by adopting and submitting an acceptable resolution prior to the May 10 grant application deadline. The next round of applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. March 30, 2014, to 5 p.m. May 9, 2014. Download the grant planning document, which includes a link to the online application (works only during the open application period).
Download select 2011-12 final reports.
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. Three grants of $3,000 are available. 2012 grants were awarded to Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales; Leu Gardens, Orlando; the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden, Sanford; and the Pinellas County-UF/IFAS Extension native plant garden, Largo. The next round of applications will be accepted from from 9 a.m. March 30, 2014, to 5 p.m. May 9, 2014. Grant awardees will be notified the week of June 3. Download the grant planning document, which includes a link to the online application (works only during the open application period).
This program provides Florida native ecotype wildflower seeds and classroom resources to schools statewide. Pre-K to K-12 teachers in public and private schools can apply March 3-21, 2014, for a grant with which to establish a campus wildflower garden. Grants include $50 of native Florida wildflower seeds, classroom resources, a garden sign and guidance to help establish the garden. The Foundation also contributes staff expertise. Download the grant planning document, which includes a link to the online application (works only during the open application period).
Only counties that have passed a Wildflower Resolution are eligible for this program, which supplies a contractor to teach county road maintenance staff to install and care for 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 407-622-1606.
No education grants are available at this time. Our current projects include grade-school wildflower curriculum development, creation of a speakers bureau, wildflower ecotourism awareness, and support for the annual Florida Wildflower Festival in DeLand and FWF Florida Wildflower Symposium. Visit our Education page to learn more about Florida’s native wildflowers.