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AFE educational grant applications due June 1

The American Floral Endowment is now accepting applications for 2018 educational grants, according to a news release.

Educational grants help fund programs that are wide-reaching educational endeavors that solve industry needs and challenges and focus on attracting young people to the industry. Last year the Endowment funded nearly $40,000 in educational grants.

Examples of programs funded through AFE educational grants include:

e-GRO Alert and Webinars — an electronic newsletter from floriculture university extension specialists who focus on providing greenhouse production and diagnostic information to growers.

The National Floriculture Forum — uniting professors, extension specialists, graduate students, scientists and other industry leaders for a multi-day collaborative meeting that addresses important floriculture issues.

National industry convention or event programs — collaborating with organizations and associations, including the Society of American Florists, AmericanHort and American Institute of Floral Designers, by sponsoring programs or hosting fundraising or networking events.

Seed Your Future — a national movement created to attract more talented young people to careers in horticulture and change the public perception of horticulture.

Applications are available online and must be submitted by the deadline of June 1. All requests are renewed on an annual basis with funding dependent on the amount of funds available.

For more information on the educational grants, visit