Building A Stronger Floriculture Industry
AFE strongly believes in funding educational programs to promote and strengthen the floriculture industry. The majority of the programs funded are wide-reaching and focus on attracting young people to the industry or are educational endeavors to identify and solve industry needs and/or challenges. In addition to the general educational grants that AFE’s funds, there is also a Floral Design Grant and a new Arizona Retail Florist Travel Grant – see details below.
Requests are reviewed on an annual basis, with funding dependent on the amount of funds available. The deadline for submission is June 1 each year.
Special Educational Grant Reports:
Floral Design Institutional Grant:
James and Helen Phillip Scholarship Grant – a grant given annually to institutions with floral design programs. This grant provides tuition assistance to students training in retail floral design and operations.
Arizona Retail Florist Education Travel Grant:
This travel grant was developed for retail florists in Arizona to pursue floral industry educational or design events.
It was established to assist florists from Arizona in traveling to national industry events for educational programs and to provide networking opportunities on a national level.
Each year, one recipient will be selected by AFE’s Education Committee to receive the travel grant of up to $1,000 to help cover the cost of attending an out-of-state industry educational event.
Applicants must be owners, managers and employees of traditional retail florists with a brick and mortar storefront in Arizona and MUST be requesting this grant for an event that takes place outside of Arizona.
The grant will be made as a reimbursement after the event is attended. The recipient can receive the grant once every five years.
Examples of eligible opportunities include floral design schools, SAF Convention, FTD Boot Camp, Floriology Institute, Teleflora Academy Events, SAF Profit Blast, State or Regional Floral Conventions, Cultivate, PFCI classes, AIFD Symposiums, and others.
The exception to the out-of-state travel requirement would be if a national program (like SAF Convention or AIFD Symposium) were held within Arizona, which would still allow for exposure to fellow out-of-state retail florists and floral industry members.
Applications for this travel grant must be for an industry event in the coming year. (For example, apply in 2017 for travel in 2018.)
The application deadline for this grant is October 1 each year.
Examples of Previous AFE Educational Grants:
National Floriculture Forum
Nutritional Monitoring of Floriculture Crops
SAF Pest Management Conference