A Cornerstone of Our Giving to the Community

Thank you for your interest in the HPS/MAG Grant program. Applications are accepted from mid-December through February 1 each year. All applicants are notified of their status by mid-March and grant recipients receive their award checks by April 1.

The HPS/MAG Grant program exists to support the valuable work of local nonprofit organizations to promote horticulture and/or environmental education and awareness. If you are a member or know of a local nonprofit organization that could benefit from such a grant, please plan to apply next year.
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Click here to read the detailed Grant Process.

Click here for a list of other previous grant winners.

2021 HPSMAG Grant Recipients  

Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA received $600 to plant their new Herbaceous Teaching Garden. This garden will help educate students and visitors on how to design, plant and maintain a primarily herbaceous garden in a time of rapid climate change.

Bartrams Garden in Philadelphia, PA received $500 to purchase the supplies needed to create cohesive, permanent labels for their living plant collection to help inspire curiosity and educate visitors.

Bondsville Mill Park in Downingtown, PA received $978 to complete the sustainable native plantings in their new handicap accessible Race Walk Garden. Their newest garden will demonstrate a retention basin can be both attractive and beneficial.

Friends of Monmouth County Park System, Inc. in Lincroft, NJ received $730 to plant a native species garden to educate the public, beautify the landscape and improve wildlife habitat.

Henry Foundation for Botanical Research in Gladwyne, PA received $470 to secure, propagate and hopefully share selections of the native North American species Mary Henry brought back from her botanical expeditions in the early 20th Century.

Homer-Center School District in Homer City, PA received $800 to fill existing garden beds with pollinator friendly plants to attract butterflies and native pollinators to their existing Giving Garden.

Hopewell Township Environmental Commission in Hopewell, NJ received $475 to create a native plant display garden with educational signage which will be used to promote their innovative Native Plant Garden Starter Project.

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens in Devon, PA received $1000 to create a reimagined landscape by planting highly horticulturally and ecologically valuable trees and shrubs to replace those lost in the storms of 2020.

John J. Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA received $750 to enhance the appearance of their Butterfly House by planting native plants to attract pollinators and enhance educational opportunities at the exhibit.

Philadelphia Orchard Project in Philadelphia, PA received $600 to plant a demonstration shade garden at the new POP Learning Orchard at The Woodlands.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA received $500 to provide environmental education experience for summer interns and young volunteers and leave a lasting environmental benefit at the preserve.

The Outdoor Gardeners of Chestnut Hill c/o Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, PA received $175 to add a children’s pollinator garden to the existing vegetable garden. The new garden will provide educational opportunities for the elementary school children and improve the productivity of the vegetable garden.

UrbanPromise Wilmington in Wilmington, DE received $673 to create a native plant pollinator garden at an inner-city high School in Northeast Wilmington, This garden will help Urban Promise Academy students to learn about gardening, pollinator communities and rainfall management.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley in Worchester, PA received $250 to further enhance the aesthetics and educational signage in their fully accessible sensory garden.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford, NJ received $1,000 to plant native Pineland species with educational signage in their Wildlife Housing Area.

Wyncote Audubon Society in Abington, PA received $1,000 to create a native pollinator garden with interpretive signs to educate the community and improve wildlife habitat.

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.

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]