Grants Available from Mangrove Chapter, FNPS

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is pleased to announce that a Grant has been established for the purchase of Native plants. 

The Chapter has made available $250 per Grant application “to create a public wildlife garden; to rehabilitate or enhance an existing garden; to replace invasive, exotic species with Florida native plants; to enhance a clubhouse, business, or non-profit entryway with Florida native plants; to plant native habitat around retention ponds; to add native plants to preservation areas; and/or for any educational planting.” The Grant Committee will supply a list of possible vendors. 

Those eligible to apply for the grant must live within the boundaries of the Mangrove Chapter: Charlotte County, all of Boca Grande, and Southern Sarasota County, including Englewood, North Port, and Venice. Planting must be in a public place, or in the case of gated communities or other areas with restricted access, in a place open to that community. No private yards will be supported.

Awardees will be required to provide a final report with photos to the Grant Committee, as well as a short “before and after” presentation at a Mangrove Chapter monthly meeting.

Notice of the award, with photos, will be submitted to local media.

Grant applications can be accessed online through the Mangrove Chapter website by clicking on “Newsletters” at the top of the Home page.

“Grant Application” will appear in the drop box below “Newsletters.” 

Applications are also available at Cedar Point in Englewood at 2300 Placida Rd. or at monthly membership meetings at Lemon Bay Park, also in Englewood. They will be available at trail walks, and other events, such as the Nature Fest on November 17 held this year at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. 

Grants will be accepted through April 30, 2019 and must be mailed to: MCFNPS Grant Committee PO Box 1153  Englewood, FL 34295-1153. If you have any questions, call Al Squires at 941-769-3633.

The Chapter would like to recognize Jane Wallace, for initiating the Grant, and to extend their appreciation to the committee of five, including Carol Leonard, Bobbi Rodgers, Bonnie Moore, and Al Squires, who brought the idea to fruition.