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Applications Now Open for 2024-2025 Educational Grants

Floral design demonstration at an event sponsored by an AFE educational grant

We are now accepting applications for our 2024-2025 Educational Grants. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2024.

Our Educational Grants help fund wide-reaching industry learning programs that provide solutions and focus on ongoing and new educational opportunities.

We are committed to providing funding for various resources that empower the floral industry to invest in continued education. These grants can provide financial assistance to support educational opportunities of all kinds, including national industry conventionsevent programs, or virtual events, and they allow us to collaborate with and sponsor national, state, and local association educational programs.

Working with important industry organizations including state and national nonprofits, and university programs, our funding helps current industry members, students, and young professionals expand their educational opportunities and professional development.

FFA students designing floral arrangements through a program sponsored by an AFE educational grant

Our newest Educational Grant opportunity is the Meinders Retail Florist Education Grant, which accepted its first applications in the 2022-2023 cycle. The Meinders Grant specifically supports reduced or free registration fees to floral industry events for retail florists by providing grants or scholarships to nonprofit floral industry organizations. This grant and the others like it significantly impact the industry, helping make educational endeavors more accessible for all.

During the 2023-2024 cycle, we awarded nearly $65,000 to support 19 educational programs for organizations, universities, and industry groups that are vital to the floral industry’s advancement and success. Organizations and universities hosting industry events and programs are welcome and encouraged to apply!

image of an AFE sign in a garden indicating they received educational grant funding

All requests are renewed annually, with funding dependent on the funds available.