Oct 22, 2020
AFE Announces Grants for 2020-21

The American Floral Endowment has announced that 16 organizations will receive funding through its 2020-2021 Educational Grants program.

This year’s list includes five new programs in addition to continued funding for 11 ongoing programs. The funding will support educational training, conference program support, and industry resources for floral industry members, students, and faculty.

Through AFE’s Educational Grants programs, organizations, universities or industry groups can apply for grant funding or sponsorships from the Endowment. Every organization that AFE supports provides an important resource or program that is vital to the advancement and success of the floral industry.

The Annual Educational Grants prioritize programs that are wide-reaching and those that aim to bring young professionals to our industry. Weight is also placed on educational programs that help industry members grow and those that help identify and solve industry needs and challenges.

The following organizations and programs receiving funding include:

Newly Funded Projects: 

  • Kansas State University: Developing Digital Horticulture Teaching Resources
  • Mississippi State University: Aerobic Mound Composting of Fresh Cut Floral Waste
  • Mobil Floral Lab: CUBA
  • National Alliance of Floral Associations Annual Meeting
  • Texas State Florists’ Associations: TSFA Educating Educators

Continued Funding: 

  • America In Bloom Symposium
  • American Institute of Floral Designers: Bringing FFA to AIFD
  • American Society for Horticultural Sciences: Seeing Your Professional Future Coming into Focus
  • Clemson University: STEM It Up Program
  • E-Gro Alert and Webinars
  • Great Lakes Floral Expo
  • National Floriculture Forum
  • Seed Your Future: National Movement to Promote Horticulture
  • The University of Kentucky and North Carolina State: Nutrient Monitoring Portal
  • University of Florida: Greenhouse Training Online Course Development and Delivery
  • Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association Annual Convention

In addition to the mentioned Educational Grants, AFE also administers programs that support floriculture research, scholarships, and internship programs.

Visit endowment.org for more information, or to make a contribution to support these programs.




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