AFE travel grant was created for retail florists in Arizona to pursue floral industry educational or design events.
The Arizona Retail Florist Education Travel Grant 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. The grant is open to owners, managers and employees of traditional retail florists with a brick and mortar storefront in Arizona.
“This new grant gives Arizona retail florists a great opportunity to attend a major national event and further their education within the industry,” said AFE Trustee Ken Young, owner of Phoenix Flower Shops in Arizona.
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
- PFCI classes
- AIFD Symposiums
- and more!
The exception to the out-of-state travel requirement: a national program (like SAF Convention/AIFD Symposium) is held within Arizona. Due to this, it would still allow for exposure to fellow out-of-state retail florists and floral industry members.
“The Endowment is opening new paths on ways to support education and industry programs,” said AFE Executive Director Debi Chedester. “This grant is a perfect example of how industry contributions can be used to establish new offerings and programs.”
The application deadline for this grant is October 1 each year.
The 2019 recipient is Martha Aaron of Sedona Mountain High Flowers in Sedona, Arizona. She will be attending AIFD Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada in July 2019.
“I am beyond thrilled and excited to have received such an amazing grant! AIFD symposium is coming to Las Vegas in 2019. It’s the perfect opportunity to take my design staff. All the new industry trends and styles will be inspiring. Winning this grant will insure that I am able to take several team members with me to share in the wonderment of symposium. Without the aid of the American Floral Endowment Arizona Travel Grant I probably wouldn’t be able to take more than myself. Such a wonderful opportunity to network and educate within our industry!”
2018: Karin Crawford of God’s Garden Treasurers — 2018 AIFD Symposium in Washington, D.C.