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Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

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Thank you for your interest in the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.

Please review these guidelines before proceeding with a request for funding.


The first step in the application process is a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), followed by a full Proposal, if invited. An invitation to submit a Proposal does not assure funding. Organizations that receive a grant are required to submit a report that confirms that the funds granted were used for the intended purpose.

Because the Trust receives many more requests than it is able to fund, the application process is highly competitive. Even if a project fits within the foundation’s guidelines, it may not be funded. In 2022, approximately 25% of invited proposals were funded.

The information provided on this website should help you determine if a request for funding is well-suited to the interests of the Trust.

LOIs are no longer accepted for the current application cycle. The deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) was June 15, 2023. Invited proposals were due July 14, 2023.

Please check this page in January 2024 for information and deadlines for the 2024 application cycle.

Funding Interests

Please review the Trust’s Funding Interests for detailed information about the types of projects the Trust supports.

Size, Duration, and Types of Grants

The maximum grant awarded by the Trust is $25,000, however, grants normally do not exceed $20,000. Grants may be approved for full or partial funding of the requested amount.

The grant period during which funds should be used is the calendar year. For example, for grants awarded in November 2023, the grant period will be January 1 to December 31, 2024. It is expected that funds will be spent during this year.

The Trust awards grants for distinct projects, equipment and capital needs, and, under some circumstances for general operating support and salaries. The Trust does not fund endowments or indirect costs, or make grants to individuals. In response to the pandemic, in 2023, the Trust once again 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, however the total request cannot exceed $25,000.

How to Begin

Once you’ve determined that your request is consistent with the Trust’s Funding Interests, you may begin the application process by clicking Start Here, below. Answers to the most Common Grantseeker Questions are also provided.

To Apply

Grantseekers can begin the application process here.

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Common Grantseeker Questions

Answers to the most common grantseeker questions.

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