Southern California Botanists

SCB supports botanical research by its members through grants given on an annual basis, as funds and worthy proposals are available. Only a limited number of proposals can be funded with preference being given to proposals focused on southern California. Submissions will be considered from current members. The number of proposals and their relative quality and merit will determine number of grants awarded and dollar amounts available for disbursement. It is possible to apply for a subsequent grant to support a continuing project provided that reporting requirements have been met. There is a maximum of three awards if the project and progress are deemed satisfactory by the Board. Grants are supported by general funds, member donations, and proceeds from the silent auction at the annual symposium. Applications are evaluated by the Grants Committee made up of at least three SCB Board members. Currently the maximum funding for each of these grants is one thousand dollars ($1,000) per award per year. Approval of awards and dollar amounts are made by the full SCB Board based on recommendations from the Grants Committee. Funds are to be used for direct costs only. Application of any portion of a SCB grant to indirect costs is not acceptable. The Board may choose to not fund budget items deemed excessive or inappropriate to the interests of the SCB. Unused funds should be returned to the Treasurer of the SCB. No portion of the grant funds may be transferred to any other person, entity or project without the approval of the SCB.

SCB is offering four grant opportunities in 2018. The SCB Annual Grant established in 1982, two memorial awards the Susan Hobbs Field Research Grant, established in 2005 and the Alan Romspert Grant for Desert Botanical Research, established in 2009, and the SCB Conservation Grant, established in 2016. Proposals may be considered for one or more of the SCB grants at the discretion of the Grants Committee.

Completed grant proposals must be turned in by November 26, 2018. See descriptions of the grants and requirements for a complete proposal below or download grant instruction.

  • SCB Annual Grant: This grant is to support a broad scope of botanical research in southern California.
  • Susan Hobbs Grant for Field Research: This grant honors Susan Hobbs, former SCB Secretary and avid field botanist. It is specifically for the support of field research.
  • Alan Romspert Grant in Desert Botany: This grant honors Alan Romspert, long time SCB Treasurer, desert botanist and naturalist. It is specifically for desert botanical research.
  • The SCB Conservation Grant: This grant is to support research or projects that contribute to the understanding and conservation of rare plants in southern California.
Application instructions for the SCB Grants.
  • Title Page to include the title of the project, the grant or grants for which the proposal is submitted, date of preparation of the proposal, applicant's name and contact information including email address, snail mail address, and phone number.
  • Description of proposed research, an explanation of why the research/project is necessary, primary objectives, the anticipated impact of the research/project, and relationship of the research to researcher's goals (two page limit).
  • Anticipated timetable for research, including dates for beginning and completion and discuss any anticipated permit/access issues.
  • Budget with specifications and justifications for line items, and statement of current and past funding for the project from other sources.
  • Brief resume including current position, education, affiliations, and qualifications regarding the taxa or techniques described in the proposal, and anticipated address at completion of research.
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic advisor (if student application), or employer or professional able to state your qualifications and history of completing similar projects.
  • A check for membership if you are not a current member.

Proposals should be submitted electronically as a word document or pdf to grants (at) The subject line of the e-mail should include your last name, the year, and the grant for which you are applying. A letter of recommendation may be submitted separately. The proposal, resume, and letter of recommendation combined with membership verification will be considered a complete application. Only complete applications received by the application deadline can be considered. Proposals for continuing support must include both a progress report and a forecast for the following year's research with a budget. Proposals for continuing support are not automatic and will be evaluated and compete with other qualified proposals for a particular grant in a given year.

Recipients of any SCB grant must send the SCB Grants Committee an annual progress report and one copy of any final report, thesis, dissertation, or journal article resulting from supported work. Recipients must acknowledge SCB's support in any resulting reports, publications, or programs. Recipients are encouraged to publish an article describing the nature, impact, and results of their work to SCB's journal, Crossosoma. Progress reports are due to the Grants Committee on or within the month before the one year anniversary date of the grant award.

Applicants will receive email notification of receipt of completed proposals. The Committee may decide that a proposal is better suited for consideration for a different grant than the one for which it was submitted. Committee recommendations are for the recipient as well as the dollar amount of the award. The full amount of $1,000.00 is not automatically awarded.