HPSO Grants and Scholarships

Elaine Joines Memorial Grants Program

The challenges posed by Covid-19 prevented the completion of most grants awarded by HPSO in 2020, and grantees have obtained extensions for their projects. Our regular grant program is suspended for 2021; any grants awarded this year will be initiated by the HPSO Grant & Scholarships Committee and HPSO Board, rather than by the customary application process.

Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Grants & Scholarships

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.

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

Download the 2020 Grant Application Documents (2) Below

Document 1 / Document 2

Applications open: January 1, 2022 • Applications due: March 31, 2022
Funding will be available in June, 2022

Please note our address when submitting a grant application: 4412 S. Barbur Blvd, Suite 260, Portland, OR 97239

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.

Information about past grant awards may be found here:

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 state 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.

Be sure to view the Sample of Grant Recipients' General Agreement & Reporting Guidelines.


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