A Cornerstone of Our Giving to the Community

Excerpt from Fairmont Park, Philadelphia Final Report - 2020 Grant Recipient:

"2020 has been quite a year for Fairview Park, as it has for all public open spaces during the pandemic. We began the year with big plans for more organized public gatherings in the park, planning to expand the audience for the park by inviting more folks to join regular events. These events did not happen. Yet, as the pandemic changed everyone’s worklife it also changed how they used and experienced the park. The park has more visitors every day than ever before. More families with young children, more dog owners and their people, and more folks who just come to the park to meet their friends in a safe and beautiful outside space to hang out and talk.

 We used the Hardy Plant Society grant to purchase additional perennials and shrubs to fill in some of our garden beds both inside the main park area and next to the public sidewalk along Manayunk Avenue. Plants included: Thalictrum aquilegfolium (Meadow Rue); Baptisia australis (False Indego); Acanthus spinosus (Bears’ Britches); a native wisteria Amethyst Falls; Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye) Xanthorhiza simplicissima; hydrangea quercifolia; Rudbeckia fulgida (Goldsturm); and Salvia nemorosa (Blue Hill)."

 Grant Application Process and Timeline for 2021 Grant Awards

Applications are currently being accepted, with the deadline of February 1. Traditionally, recipients are determined by the end of March and the checks are issued shortly thereafter. A final report is required by the end of the calendar year that the grant is received. Traditionally these reports are submitted by October.

Click here to read the detailed Grant Process. Click here for the 2021 Grant Application Form.

A Little History and the Latest News About Our Grant Program

The HPS Grants Program was started in 2009 and has awarded grants annually to individuals, community groups, schools, and other organizations in the mid-Atlantic region who are working to promote horticulture and positive ecological impact.

One of our major goals has been expanding our grant program. The last several years have been very encouraging. The program has been growing each year and with that in mind, the budget for both 2019 and 2020 was increased to support this initiative. Understanding the importance of ongoing support to local garden communities in these difficult days, the HPS Board decided to continue the increased budget for 2021.

Each year the number of applications has increased, challenging the Grant Committee to determine how best to distribute our budgeted funds. In 2020, we introduced a rigorous grading system to enable the five Grant Committee members to consistently evaluate each grant application and distribute grant funding for maximum benefit. In 2021, we adjusted our application process a bit to better support the evaluation and selection of our grant recipients.

While the challenges of the COVID-19 continue to impact us all, we will once again leverage the miracle of technology to meet virtually to choose our grant recipients and notify all applicants by the end of March 2021. While our application deadline remains February 1, we anticipate that our 2021 grant recipients may need to address impacts to their planned timelines and changes to projects because of the COVID-19 crisis. In these unusual times, we understand that must allow recipients the latitude to adjust. For many of these projects, we recognize that final reports may be delayed by circumstances beyond their control, but the committee agreed that the need could not be greater for many of these institutions.

How You Can Help - With that in mind, please consider a contribution to HPS to ensure that our grant program can continue to support worthy groups who will need our help more than ever in these challenging times. To donate, visit our website or contact our Treasurer, Jan Herbster, at 39 Cross Keys Drive, Garnet Valley, PA 19060. HPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to which donations may be deducted to the extent permitted by the law.

Questions? Please contact Dawn Freeman, HPS/MAG Vice President and Chair of the Grants Committee, at [email protected]