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American Rhododendron Society Endowment Grant Program


Guidelines for 2015 Application

The Society grant program supports its mission providing grants utilizing funds from its endowment. Activities to be supported may include the development of programs, projects or publications that educate the general public in the growing and culture of rhododendrons. Amount of grants will generally not exceed $3,000.

Proposals are accepted up to the deadline of February 15, 2015 and must be submitted to the Endowment Fund Committee at the address below. The applicant must notify the appropriate District Director of the application and request a 'letter of assessment' to accompany the application. The appropriate District Director is the one whose geographic responsibility includes the location where grant will be utilized. The application and letter of assessment will be reviewed by the Endowment Fund Committee. The Society's Board will act on the committee recommendations at its spring meeting. A successful applicant will be supplied a 'Condition of Acceptance' letter and upon its completion and return to the Society, funds will be sent to the applicant. An unsuccessful applicant will also be notified after the Board meeting.

Proposals should request funding for a single calendar year or less and only one proposal per applicant will be considered. A complete proposal must include:
1) Background and history of the applicant group and the role it provides in the encouragement and understanding of rhododendrons and azaleas. Newsletters and other publications that describe the applicant are welcome.
2) Description of the project and its objective.
3) Statement of how the project fits the interest of the American Rhododendron Society. How does it educate? How many people will be affected?
4) Budget for the project, a timetable for its completion, and a statement of whether partial funding would or would not be useful. If appropriate, what percent of the organization/agency budget is the project budget?
5) Listing of the group's current sources of support and income.
6) List of all sources, from which funds are currently being sought for the proposed project, including any support already confirmed.
7) Letter of assessment from the appropriate District Director.

The application should be sent in an envelope that is no larger than 9" x 12" (23 x 30 cm). Applications sent by a method that requires signature for delivery, by fax, or by e-mail will not be considered. Only a single copy of the application is required, however. No changes in the budget or nature of the application will be accepted after submission without prior approval from a co-chair of the Endowment Fund Committee. Questions regarding the grant program may be directed to either co-chair of the Endowment Fund Committee, Bill Mangels, or Jeff Cheyne, Please send your application to Bill Mangels, at: 1901 Eastland Rd. Baltimore MD 21204, USA.