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Education, Floral Design, and Travel Grants

Providing annual Grants to support the continued and future education of industry members and young professional development.

AFE strongly supports 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 can be applied for each year, AFE also awards Floral Design Grants to institutions with floral design programs and travel/reimbursement grants.

Deadline for Applications

Grants for Organizations and Institutions: March 1

Grants for Retail Florists: October 1

Additional information on all of the grants can be found below.

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Grants for Organizations & Institutions

Requests are reviewed on an annual basis, with funding dependent on the number of funds available.

The deadline for submission is June 1 each year. The James and Helen Phillip Scholarship Grant Fund is due March 1 each year.

Educational Grants

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) educational grant practices have been established in accordance with the organization’s mission statement. The American Floral Endowment is a not-for-profit corporation that raises and prudently invests its funds to support research, education, scholarships, and internship programs to benefit the floriculture industry.

Meinders Retail Florist Education Grant Fund

The Meinders Retail Florist Education Grant Fund provides financial support for retail florist education. Established through generous contributions from longtime industry members and AFE supporters, Herman and LaDonna Meinders, this new fund combines with the first-ever AFE Named Fund established in 2011 by the couple now totaling more than $500,000.

James and Helen Phillip Scholarship Grant Fund

The James and Helen Phillip Scholarship Grant is a grant given annually to institutions with floral design programs to provide tuition assistance to students. It was established in 2008 to honor James and Helen Phillip by providing scholarship assistance to people in need who are interested in careers in the retail and floral design sectors of the floral industry.

Grants for Retail Florists

These grants are available to florists/individuals to support continued education. Requests are reviewed on an annual basis, with funding dependent on the number of funds available.

The deadline for submission is October 1 each year.

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 serve traditional retail florists located in Arizona and was created through the efforts of Ken Young AAF while a member of the AFE Board of Trustees.

The Retail Florist’s Continued Education Grant

The Retail Florist’s Continued Education Grant provides reimbursement grants to retail floral owners in the Maryland, Virginia and DC areas to continue their education through in-person industry events, community courses or webinar classes.

Looking For Funding?

AFE is committed to supporting research that advances the industry and combats current challenges. This research benefits every segment of the industry. We welcome new research proposal applications by August 1st of each year.