The Utah Native Plant Society provides grants-in-aid of up to $1,000 as a contribution toward projects that further the mission and goals of the society (see however below re: our current areas of focus). These projects may involve research or education or both. UNPS funding should be considered as seed or matching money to be used in combination with funding from other sources, rather than as a primary source of support.
The purpose of this program is normally not to fund the purchase of tangible items such as equipment, personal property or plants/seeds but rather to provide funding for activities that increase, for example, knowledge or educates the public. This program is not available to fund the purchases of native plants whether for restoration, reclamation, school/heritage gardens or similar projects. For projects primarily concerned with native plantings of some kind, please instead contact our horticultural committee chairperson as we may be able to provide expertise and small donations of either plants or, occasionally, money (e.g. $250 or less) towards those projects.
Grants will also generally not be awarded for travel costs and/or time relative to the attendance of meetings nor for overhead amounts.Submission Procedure
Starting in funding year 2015, UNPS will be considering grant-in-applications only at one time each year. Some new rules and protocols are in the process of being developed.For the past several years we have focused on projects that directly concern Utah rare and endangered plants, and educational projects that try to engage students in activities that increase native plant awareness. If you have a project that falls into one of these categories and that fits clearly into one of these two areas, please e-mail us a synopsis only of what you have in mind.
Introductory section containing a succinct purpose/objective of the project
Narrative description of the project not more than 2-3 pages in length indicating how goals/objectives will be accomplished and when
If not included in the narrative description, a description of who will be involved both directly or indirectly with the project including participation of any other agencies or organizations as well as anyone who may be supervising the project as well as any/all subcontractors
A budget section (typically not more than one page in length) outlining any and all funds that will be spent on the project including how the requested grant funds would be spent if possible. This should include a breakdown of how the funds will be used by activity, category or item with an indication of exactly when the funds will be spent.
If not explicitly clear in the budget section, a statement within the proposal specifically indicating the dollar amount of the grant request
A publication section (paragraph) indicating exactly how the results of the project will be published if applicable. In addition, UNPS expects some sort of final report when the project is complete and requests that grantees at a minimum write a newsletter article relating to the project to be submitted to the Sego Lily editor.
A biographical sketch page (one page maximum)
A transmittal letter containing a date, clearly identifying that a grant proposal is attached and which includes the name, affiliated company or organization if any, mailing address, phone number and E-mail address of the grantee
To avoid delay or rejection of your proposal, please make sure it meets these requirements!
Applications should preferably be submitted via e-mail to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Attachments should preferably be in PDF format (but other file types such as docx, doc, ods, txt and others are acceptable). Please make sure you receive a confirmation from us that we have received your application.
Hard copy proposals can also be submitted to:Utah Native Plant Society Attn: Grant-in Aid Program P.O. Box 520041 Salt Lake City UT 84152-0041
(if submitting a hard copy application that is less than one month from the deadline, please also send a confirming e-mail)Questions?
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. If we have questions about your submission, communications will be initiated from the "grants" e-mail address as will communications involving award amounts.Evaluation criteria
These criteria are used in evaluating research and other proposals:
Recently awarded grants:
Project reports from completed grants