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AFE’s Awarded Educational Grants for 2020

The American Floral Endowment is pleased to announce that 16 organizations will receive funding through our 2020-2021 Educational Grants.  This year’s list includes 5 new programs in addition to continued funding for 11 ongoing programs. The funding will support educational training, conference program support, and industry resources for floral industry members, students, and faculty.Through AFE’s Educational Grants programs, organizations, universities, or industry groups can apply for grant funding or sponsorships from the Endowment. Every organization that AFE supports provides an important resource or program that is vital to the advancement and success of the floral industry.The Annual Educational Grants prioritize programs that are wide-reaching and those that aim to bring young professionals to our industry. Weight is also placed on…

Now Accepting: Educational Grant Applications

The American Floral Endowment is now accepting applications for Educational Grants for 2020. Applications are available online and must be submitted by the deadline ofJune 1, 2020. Educational grants help fund programs that are wide-reaching educational endeavors that solve industry needs and challenges and focus on attracting young people to the industry. Last year, the Endowment funded over $47,000 in educational grants. Examples of programs funded through AFE educational grants: The National Floriculture Forum, which unites professors, extension specialists, graduate students, scientists and other industry leaders for a multi-day collaborative meeting that addresses important floriculture issues. National Industry Convention or Event Programs, collaborating and sponsoring national and state association educational programs. Seed Your Future, a national movement created to attract more talented young people…

AFE Awards Educational Grants for 2019

The American Floral Endowment announces 2019 Educational Grants Funding.Thirteen organizations will receive funding through the Endowment to support educational training, conference program support, and industry resources for floral industry members, students, and faculty.Through AFE’s Educational Grants programs, organizations, universities, or industry groups can apply for grant funding or sponsorships from AFE. Every organization AFE supports provides an important resource or program that is vital to the advancement and success of our industry.“There are so many great opportunities out there to support the growth of our industry,” says Debi Chedester, AFE Executive Director.  “Unfortunately, AFE’s funding is limited, so we aren’t able to support them all.”The Education Grant programs put a priority on programs that are wide-reaching and those that aim…

AFE Grant Helps Improve Spanish Language Access

 A new education grant from the American Floral Endowment helps improve Spanish language access to University of Florida online grower coursesGreenhouse Training Online courses, including Disease Management, offered by University of Florida IFAS Extension (UF) have received a boost with an education grant from the American Floral Endowment (AFE). The four-week courses in English and Spanish are designed for growers or technical managers in the US and other countries and have been completed by over 1,000 growers.The education grant from AFE will help cover the cost of translating course materials into Spanish. This commitment to diversity training is critical. Even though approximately 80% of agricultural workers in the U.S. are of Hispanic origin and are Spanish‐speaking, there is a lack…

Educational Grant Applications Due June 1

The Endowment is now accepting applications for educational grants for 2018.Applications are available online and must be submitted by the deadline of June 1.Educational grants help fund programs that are wide-reaching educational endeavors that solve industry needs and challenges and focus on attracting young people to the industry.Last year, AFE funded nearly $40,000 in educational grants.Examples of programs funded through educational grants:e-GRO Alert and Webinars, an electronic newsletter from floriculture university extension specialists who focus on providing greenhouse production and diagnostic information to growers.The National Floriculture Forum, which unites professors, extension specialists, graduate students, scientists and other industry leaders for a multi-day collaborative meeting that addresses important floriculture issues.National Industry Convention or Event Programs, collaborating with organizations and associations including…

Arizona Retail Florist Education Travel Grant

This travel grant was developed for traditional retail florists in Arizona to pursue floral industry educational or design events. The fund was created through the efforts of Ken Young AAF while a member of the AFE Board of Trustees. Initial funds to establish the Grant originated from the defunct FTD District 8K with additional initial funding requirements to establish the fund being provided by Ken and Lynn Young. The value of the fund increases with contributions from industry members made to AFE that are designated for the fund.Each year, one recipient will be selected by AFE’s Education Committee to receive a travel grant of up to $1,000 to help cover the cost of attending an out-of-state industry educational event.View Arizona…

Application Deadline is June 1 for AFE Educational Grants

AFE is now accepting educational grants for 2017-2018!Educational grant applications are available online and must be submitted by June 1.AFE educational grants help fund programs that are wide-reaching educational endeavors that solve industry needs and challenges and focus on attracting young people to the industry. For 2016-2017, the Endowment funded nearly $40,000 in educational grants.Programs funded through AFE educational grants:Seed Your Future, a national movement created to attract more talented young people to careers in horticulture and change the public perception of horticulture.The National Floriculture Forum, which unites professors, extension specialists, graduate students, scientists and other industry leaders for a multi-day collaborative meeting.Volunteers prepare boxes with plants and labels as part of the Floral Plant Giveaway Project.Floral Plant Giveaway As…