Please visit the Trust's COVID-19 Response page for information about how the Trust is supporting its grantees in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

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COVID-19 Response


The pandemic has created challenging conditions for the organizations that the Trust supports. While the Trust’s grantees may not provide services considered essential in these unprecedented times, they, like all nonprofits, have been affected by disruption of programming, increased costs, and the uncertain economic environment, which threaten their employees’ well-being and their organizational sustainability.

In recognition of these circumstances and the importance of these organizations to the Trust’s own mission, below we share the ways we will support our grantees and the horticultural field in response to this crisis.

  1. COVID-19 Response Grants – 104 organizations operating botanical gardens that received a grant between 2016 and 2019, and that are current with reporting, will receive a general operating grant ($5,000) to support immediate needs. These grantees were notified during the last two weeks of May. COVID-19 Response Grants are one-time off-cycle grants and do not affect eligibility for the Trust’s regular 2020 grantmaking cycle.

  2. General Operating Support – While the Trust has historically funded project-based requests, in 2020 and 2021, we will consider requests for general operating support in amounts up to $10,000 from organizations whose activities normally are well-aligned with the Trust’s interests. An application for general operating support may comprise the entire amount requested, or it may supplement a request for project-based funding. This policy will be in effect in both 2020 and 2021, so that organizations not eligible to apply in 2020 will have the opportunity to benefit next year. Per the Trust’s usual guidelines, the maximum grant awarded by the Trust is $25,000, however, grants normally do not exceed $20,000.

  3. Flexibility – We can adjust report deadlines for projects delayed as a result of the pandemic. Current grantees should contact Dr. Tom Daniel, Grants Director at to discuss what flexibility they might need.

In addition to the COVID-19 Response Grants, the Trust will conduct its regular annual grantmaking cycle in 2020.

While we work remotely, our operations continue uninterrupted. We encourage our grantees and interested organizations to reach out to our Grants Director or staff with questions or feedback.

Grants Director – Dr. Thomas F. Daniel:

For questions related to a specific project or grant, questions about whether a potential request is aligned with the Trust's funding interests, or to discuss reporting flexibility for a current grant

Director of Grants Management – Dan Gaff:

For questions about the LOI or Proposal process, the online grants portal, or your organization’s eligibility or reporting status

Grants Associate – Patricia Rodgers:

For assistance registering for access to the online grants portal, or to update your organization’s contact information