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Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for full proposals is August 15, 2018. However, because all funding requests begin with a brief LOI, please allow enough time for your LOI to be reviewed by Trust staff in advance of the full proposal deadline. LOIs submitted very close to Aug. 15 may not provide adequate time for a response from the Trust and full proposal submission.

Funding proposals to the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust are be accepted online only. Please do not mail your proposal to the Trust.  For more information, please review the Application Procedures on the For Grantseekers page.

Is it possible to get an extension to this deadline?


How do I obtain application guidelines?

Application guidelines and requirements are incorporated into the Trust’s online application system. Funding proposals to the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust will be accepted online only. Please do not mail your proposal to the Trust.

For more information about the Trust’s grantmaking priorities, please see the Trust’s funding interests and eligibility requirements.

The online grant application portal may be accessed through the Eligibility Quiz on the For Grantseekers page, or by clicking the My Account link at the top of this page for users who are already registered.

The first step of the application is to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) describing the proposed project. A full proposal for funding will then be invited for applicants whose LOIs are found to be within the Trust’s grantmaking guidelines.

If a full proposal is invited, the application guidelines and requirements will be provided within the online application system.

Once my proposal has been submitted, how long does it take for a decision to be reached?

Decisions are made once a year, typically in November. Notifications and grant payments are mailed in late November.

What geographic areas do you fund?

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust makes grants to organizations based in North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Australia.

Can I apply for a grant if my organization has received past funding?

Yes. However, reporting on all previous grants must be up to date according to the Guidelines for Grant Reporting. Proposals from organizations that have more than one grant still outstanding generally are not considered favorably.

Is there a form to use for progress and final reports?

Grantees of 2016 and 2017 awards are advised to review the Guidelines for Grant Reporting regarding how to submit grant reports using the Trust’s online system.

For any outstanding reports from grants made in 2015 or earlier, please mail your report directly to the Grants Director per the reporting instructions included with your original grant.

If you have any questions about your reporting requirements, please contact or call AdminiTrust at 415-332-0166.

What size grant should I request?

There are many factors that influence the Trustees’ decision on grant size. An organization should request an amount that they feel is appropriate for their project. The maximum grant award through the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust is normally $25,000.

Do you make grants to individuals?

No. The Trust only makes grants to tax-exempt organizations which qualify as public charities.

What are the chances of receiving a grant?

A large number of worthy organizations approach the Trust for support. The process is highly competitive. Even if a project fits within the foundation’s guidelines, it will not necessarily be funded.  In 2017, about 30% of the requests received were funded.

Why was my request denied?

The top reasons that a request is denied are:

  • The organization did not submit all the information required in the application guidelines.
  • The request is not strongly related to research and education in ornamental horticulture.
  • The organization is not up to date on reporting on previous grant(s).
  • The proposal was not judged to be as competitive as those that received funding.

Can you suggest other funding sources?

The Foundation Center maintains a comprehensive listing of U.S. foundations and their areas of interest.

I have a question that is not answered in these FAQs. What should I do?

If the answer to your question cannot be found in the other sections of this Web site, you may contact Thomas F. Daniel, Grants Director, at 415-379-5350 or

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