HPSO Grants and Scholarships

Elaine Joines Memorial Grants Program

The HPSO Board of Directors is focusing 2022 grant awards on horticultural projects that address social inequity and increase our relationship with more diverse and underserved or underrepresented people in our community.  We invite you to apply. You'll find information on the process and timeline, as well as links to the application and the accompanying budget document, below. 

Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Grants & Scholarships

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2022 Grant Application Process and Timeline

Application Process

Step One: Fill out the Grant Application Form and the accompanying Budget Document in as much detail as possible. Please ensure you include your 501(C)(3) IRS approval letter with your application.  

If you have questions about the grant application or process, please email [email protected]

Step Two: When the documents are completed, please print out six copies of the application form, the budget document, and one copy of the IRS documentation and send them to the HPSO Administrative Office:

Hardy Plant Society of Oregon 
4412 S. Barbur Blvd, Suite 260
Portland, OR 97239

Please do not hand deliver your application and accompanying documents to the HPSO office, as the office is not open on a daily basis. 


Deadline for 2022 Applications: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The Grants Committee will review them throughout the month of June and will make recommendations to the HPSO Board by the end of June. 

Approved recipients will be contacted by email, followed by receiving a grant contract by postal mail. Checks to grantees will be distributed in July. 


About the HPSO Grants Program

The HPSO Grants Program is named in honor of the late Elaine Joines, who was designer and curator of the Martha Springer Botanic Garden at Willamette University and a dedicated member of the HPSO Grants Committee. The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon works to promote education and understanding of herbaceous perennial plants, and is dedicated to helping special gardens of botanical, horticultural, or historic interest, including the support of community gardens.

HPSO awards funds to non-profit organizations throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington, for projects that further these goals.

Grant recipients are required to provide written reports on the use of award funds: generally a mid-project progress report and a final report within 30 days following completion of the project (and not more than one year after receipt of the grant check). Recipients must also produce a presentation-quality poster for display at the HPSO Annual Meeting in the fall.

Grant applications may request funding for many items, including (but not necessarily limited to) the following:

  • Plants
  • Horticultural equipment or supplies for gardening or greenhouse use
  • Books about botany or horticulture, or other appropriate educational materials

The program will not fund grant requests that are:

  • For individuals
  • For projects with religious purposes (for example, to groups requiring participation in religious activities for receiving the benefits of the funded project)
  • For operation expenses, salaries, scholarships, or travel
  • For start-up organizational expenses
  • To reimburse funds already expended
  • Outside the states of Oregon or Clark County, Washington

Available grant funds will vary from year to year. HPSO reserves the right to determine a limit on awards in keeping with its necessary fiscal responsibilities. Previous grants generally have been in the range of $200 to $1500, but other limits may apply in a particular grant cycle. We strongly encourage our applicants to seek funding and/or in-kind donations from a variety of sources, in addition to HPSO, such as local businesses, colleges, local garden clubs, community foundations, etc. to fully fund the proposed project.

Information about past grant awards may be found here:

Scholarships - Supporting future horticulturists and landscape architects

The Bruce Wakefield Scholarship Fund and the Clackamas Community College Scholarship Fund

HPSO's mission is to support the next generation by providing scholarships to horticulture and landscape technology students at regional community colleges through scholarships. One of these scholarship programs is through the Bruce Wakefield Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students who are studying in the Landscape Technology program at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus, a partner with HPSO in several educational initiatives.

HPSO's Grants & Scholarships Committee awarded two $1,000 scholarships to the Landscape and Technology Program through the Bruce Wakefield Scholarship Fund in April 2022. The Committee received an update on the program in Summer 2022 from Nancy Hartman of the Portland Community College Foundation. 


"Over the last year, the Landscape Technology program (LAT) transitioned back to holding mostly in-person classes. Enrollment has been strong and steady and, in fact, LAT has essentially the same number of students as before Covid. Students have been adjusting well to being back in person. For a program like LAT, which focuses on hands-on learning, it's been wonderful to be back to face-to-face classes. They have a strong community in the LAT program and the connections and networking that students make among themselves, with faculty, and with guest speakers and field trips, have really benefited from being back on campus. 


"I had the opportunity to drop in on the Summer Annual & Perennial Identification class this week. Students went out into the Washington County Master Gardener Association Education Garden on Rock Creek Campus and the LAT program greenhouse to learn plant identification. Students took clippings of some plants to return to the lab and view through microscopes and draw the structure of the various plant specimens." 

The Grants & Scholarships Committee also provides scholarships to students who are studying in the Landscape Technology program at Clackamas Community College. A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Clackamas CC earlier this year from the Clackamas Community College Scholarships Fund


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