Serenoa Chapter Grants

Grants up to $500 are available to assist with the planting of native plants at schools, neighborhoods, businesses, non-profits, etc.

Online Grant Application Form (since it is not possible to save a partially completed form, please compile all necessary information prior to completing and submitting the form).  If you want a PDF version of the application, you can download here


Only groups, such as schools, neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government organizations located in Manatee, DeSoto, Sarasota, and Hardee Counties, are eligible.

Important Information

Applicants must use Florida native plants. We will not pay for non-natives. Applicants can use the grant to pay for the service of a native landscape designer or architect. Serenoa Chapter also requires that:

  • No plants in the design are on the FLEPPC list of exotic invasive plants
  • No cypress mulch is used
  • Fertilizer and pesticide application be minimal
  • Micro-irrigation systems be strongly considered

Types of projects eligible for funding:

  • Creating a community or public wildlife garden
  • Removing invasive species and replacing them with Florida native plants
  • Enhancing a clubhouse, business, or non-profit entryway with Florida native plants
  • Enhancing a public building or public space with Florida native plants
  • Planting native habitat around retention ponds
  • Adding native plants to preservation areas

Types of projects NOT eligible for funding:

  • Personal yards
  • Yards or gardens inside a guarded or gated community
  • Creation of a playground

Costs that may be applied to the grant:

  • Professional services – hourly with rate and work accomplished
  • Materials, Plants and Supplies – as necessary to carry out the work of the grant
  • Rental equipment – for the sole purpose of the grant work
  • Reference materials – if related to grant work, must be made available for public access

Costs that may NOT be applied:

  • Computer software or hardware
  • Contributions and donations
  • Entertainment, food, drink
  • Gifts, fines and penalties
The mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.