A Cornerstone of Our Giving to the Community

"A hearty thanks to Hardy Plant Society for this grant. It transformed what little upland space we have at DEEC into a welcoming, flowering space for games and exploration. With continued care, it will continue to develop into a pollinator hot spot that our educational programs as well as casual visitors can see up close."

      • Serah Pesce, Teacher Naturalist and Habitat Steward and Willa Rowan, Education Coordinator - DuPont Environmental Education Center, Delaware Nature Society; 2019 HPS/MAG Grant Recipient.

Click here for the recently received complete DEEC 2019 Final Report


 Grant Application Process and Timeline for 2021 Grant Awards

Applications are accepted after December 1, 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. Please note that the 2021 application link (in this Grant Process) will not be available until December 1, 2020.


Previously Awarded Grants

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2020 Grant Recipients                         


Click picture for Grant Recipients Prior to 2020


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 more each year and with that in mind, the budget for both 2019 and 2020 was increased to support this initiative.
With a record number of applications this year, the Grant Committee was challenged to determine how best to distribute these budgeted funds. In consultation with the HPS/MAG Board at their February meeting, a rigorous grading system was established which enabled the five Grant Committee members to assess the grant submissions. 

The challenges of the COVID-19 shutdown slowed the process, preventing in-person meetings of the committee. However, through the miracle of technology, the committee met virtually, recipients were chosen, and all applicants were notified by the end of March. There have been some inquiries about timelines and changes to projects because of the COVID-19 crisis. Consulting with the committee, all agreed that these are unusual times and we must allow the 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 we need to recognize that the need could not be greater for many of these institutions.

Looking to 2021, we recognize that we may need to do some serious reassessment of this program in light of financial impacts to the funds from which we draw to support the grants. The Board will consider and discuss this when developing the budget for the coming year.

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.

Nora Sirbaugh is the HPS/MAG Vice President and Chair of the Grants Committee

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