Read the application directions carefully.
Be sure to include all sections and fit them within the three-page limit. For large grant programs such as those through SAREE, the reviewers may have many proposals to read, and page limits keep the reviewers from revolting. Since funding for ASCFG Grower Grants is modest, lengthy proposals might indicate that the project may exceed those funds. Try breaking it up into parts and submit one of those.
Here is a quick snapshot of what’s involved:
- Project Title
- Researcher Names, Biography, and Company: A brief description of investigator’s background, including general research interests and experience. Please note to whom the check should be addressed.
- Project Summary: A brief summary of the proposed grant activities and the expected value to the cut flower industry.
- Justification, Objectives, and Literature Review: Why will the results of this proposed research project benefit other cut flower farmers and growers? What are the anticipated outcomes of this research? Please summarize any literature or other information that provides a basis for the problem you are proposing to investigate. Note: Company or advocacy web sites and their material should be considered carefully, or supported by neutral third-party information.
- Research Procedures: Please provide information on how you will set up the experiments, when you will start and complete the project, and what data you will collect. Be sure to include control treatments to which you will compare the experimental treatments so you will know if the experimental treatments worked, and if the hypothesis was proven or disproven. Lastly, be sure to specify how you will replicate the treatments either across your farm or over time.
- Budget: A detailed estimate of what expenses you expect to incur during the course of your research.
Have a topic? Read the literature.
You will need to provide literature citations or other information that supports what you are trying to do with the project. You can review the literature on your crop through your local library or through numerous national online resources, such as Floriculture InfoSearch. Note: Company or advocacy websites and their conclusions should be considered carefully, as they may have a sales agenda and/or a bias. Please choose literature that is supported by neutral third-party data. Be objective about the material you read. If you start finding a lot of information that doesn’t appear to support what you are thinking of doing, maybe the project won’t work, or should be changed.
Grower Grant Timeline
Should you be awarded an ASCFG Grower Grant, here is a timeline of anticipated activities.
- Winter of Year One: Applications are prepared, proofread, and submitted.
- Late Spring of Year One: Grants are reviewed and decisions are made. Award notifications then go out to the recipients.
- Early Summer of Year One & Beyond: For the next year, research is conducted. Data and results are tracked in the interim, and a quarterly status update is provided to the Executive Director.
- Fall of Year Two: Results are written up and shared with ASCFG Executive Director. Published in The Cut Flower Quarterly, and arrangements are made for a webinar and a conference presentation.