Florida Wildflower Foundation News
La Florida grant program opens
Date Posted: Mar 25, 2011
The application period of the La Florida, Land of Flowers, Community Grant Program is now open. The program is designed to aid counties that have adopted a Wildflower Resolution increase the presence of native wildflowers.
To date, grants are exclusively for government agencies within the counties of Putnam, Lake, Marion, Brevard, Gadsden, Wakulla, Leon and Volusia. Any other county adopting an acceptable Wildflower Resolution before the application period closes on May 13 will be eligible.
Grants will be awarded in the form of a $500 certificate to purchase Florida native wildflower seeds or plants (but not both) from Florida's Wildflower Seed Co-op or the Association of Florida Native Nurseries. This is a matching grant program; applicants must provide evidence of in-kind or monetary contributions of $500 or more.
While the recipient and manager of these grants must be a government agency, applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with local community groups, non-profit organizations and businesses.
The online application cannot be stored without losing your entries. Please use this PDF to plan your submission before beginning the application process.
The goals of the La Florida, Land of Flowers program are to:
* Increase the visibility and knowledge of Florida’s native wildflower species.
* Increase awareness of the environmental, historical and cultural significance of Florida’s native flora.
* Demonstrate landscape use of Florida native wildflowers and native plants in general.
* Enhance the aesthetics and enjoyment of public places by creating a sense of place that is uniquely La Florida, “land of flowers.”
Projects are to be on highly visible public properties that experience frequent pedestrian, cyclist, and/or motorist traffic. Examples of such sites include parks (entrance or areas adjacent to high-use facilities), rails-to-trails paths that are used often or are adjacent to heavily traveled roads, community green spaces, entrances to public buildings such as libraries, and roadside rights-of-way. Proposals must include a management plan for maintaining wildflower plantings through 2013, Florida's 500th anniversary celebration.
Applications will be accepted from March 25, 2011, to 5 p.m. May 13, 2011. Online procedures have been developed to simplify the application and reporting process. A link to the online application has been embedded into the attached PDF.
Funding will be awarded to projects meeting program goals and judged as having the best chance of success. Grant awardees will be notified the week of June 6, 2011. Wildflowers shall be planted during Fall 2011, with a final report due Sept. 30, 2012.
The potential exists for more than one grant to be awarded in the same county. Only one grant, however, will be awarded per project or location, even if different government agencies apply.