Southern California Botanists

SCB offers grants to members on an annual basis, as funds and worthy proposals are available. Only a limited number of proposals can be funded. Submissions will be considered from current members. The number of proposals and their relative quality and merit will determine the number of grants awarded and dollar amounts available for disbursement. It is possible to apply for a subsequent grant to support a continuing project. There is a maximum of three awards per project, if the project and progress are deemed satisfactory by the Board. Grants are supported, in part, by member donations, special donations, and proceeds from the silent auction. Applications for grants are evaluated by the Grants Committee made up of three sitting SCB Board members. Currentlym the maximum funding for each of these grants is one thousand dollars ($1,000) per award per year. Approval of grant awards and dollar amounts are made by the full SCB Board based on recommendations from the Grants Committee.

SCB is offering four grant opportunities in 2017: the Annual SCB Grant, two memorial awards (the Susan Hobbs Grant for Field Research and the Alan Romspert Grant in Desert Botany), and the new Conservation Grant.

Completed grant proposals must be turned in by November 24, 2017. 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 is specifically for field research.
  • Alan Romspert Grant in Desert Botany: This grant 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.
    Please include the following items with your submission:
  1. Title Page to include the title of the project, the grant 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 a phone number.
  2. 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).
  3. Anticipated timetable for research, including dates for beginning and completion; discuss any anticipated permit/access issues.
  4. Budget with justifications, and statement of funding from other sources.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A check for membership if you are not a current member.
  8. Submit grants electronically to grants @

Applicants must be current members of SCB to qualify for any of these grants. If you are not currently a member, you may send a check for membership with your application. Individual membership dues are twenty-five dollars ($25). Grants may cover expendable items (films, supplies, travel) not otherwise available to the researcher. Please send your proposals 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. The proposal, resume, and letter of recommendation combined 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 estimate. Proposals for continuing support will be evaluated and compete with other qualified proposals for a particular grant in a given year. Second and third year grant support is not automatically awarded.

Recipients of any SCB grant must send SCB a progress report once a year to the Grant Committee 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 should consider contributing a short article on their work to SCB's journal, Crossosoma.