Promoting Indiana Native Plants

INPAWS supports well-conceived small grant projects that are in line with our mission. Successful awardees must prepare a report to share with the INPAWS membership after the project is completed. This can take the form of a display at the Annual Conference or an article in INPAWS Journal.

Small grants of up to $1,000 are made yearly for competitive proposals. Applications are accepted from groups or individuals and must be emailed (preferred) to or postmarked by February 1. They will be reviewed by the Small Grants & Awards Committee. Awards are typically announced in April.

Small grant application guidelines are reproduced below, or you may download them as a separate document. 

Download Small Grant Application Guidelines: Microsoft Word file

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Small Grant Application Guidelines for 2017

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2017

The Small Grants Program supports projects that are in line with the mission of INPAWS. Awards of up to $1,000 can be used in conjunction with other sources of funding to promote the appreciation, preservation, conservation, utilization, and scientific study of the flora native to Indiana and to educate the public about the values, beauty, diversity, and environmental importance of indigenous vegetation.

Successful award recipients must prepare a report to share with the INPAWS membership after the project is completed.

Dan Popiela shows off Cool Creek’s Resotration Garden, a 2012 award winner


Application Procedure

1. Cover sheet, including: name of project; amount requested; location; applicant/contact person information (name, address, telephone, email); name of specific person/organization to whom award checks would be payable; new or existing project; category that best describes the project—research, training, education, conservation and habitat, demonstration garden, etc.; prior INPAWS funding

2. Text of proposal, not to exceed two pages: (a) Summary of the project, not to exceed 60 words; (b) Clear, concise description of the project, including: How does the project further the INPAWS mission? Why is the project needed? Specific objectives to be achieved. Specific information on how INPAWS grant funds would be used. Who benefits from the project—number who benefit and how. Names of organizations involved, if any, with a brief description of each, including number of members. Financial resources committed to the project from other sources, if any. Anticipated starting and completion dates of the project.

3. Budget sheet, showing: (a) labor, material, and program costs; (b) sources and amounts of funds already raised, if any; and (c) total cost of the project. Please note that  grant money will not be awarded toward transportation, lodging, or refreshment costs.

4. Detailed species list, if applicable, of all plants and seeds to be used. This may be included either as an additional sheet or as part of the proposal text.

Two Ways to Submit Your Proposal

Email (preferred): Send 1 copy to, noting the name of your project in the Subject line.

Land mail: Send one copy, postmarked by February 1, 2017, to INPAWS Small Grants Program, P.O. Box 501528, Indianapolis, IN 46250.