Educational grants program

Myrtle Wolf Scholarship Fund of the California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter: Application Notice and Guidelines for Grant Proposals

The Myrtle Wolf Scholarship Fund honors the late Myrtle Wolf (1913-2012), a longtime Oakland teacher, who on retirement, devoted herself to California’s native flora. She was a member of the California Native Plant Society for over 30 years, where she worked on the fundraising annual plant sales and promoted the use of native plants in the California landscape. She was made a Fellow of CNPS in 1987. She was also a supported of the UC Botanical Garden, where the library was named for her in 2000.

The review committee will consider proposals from students at East Bay colleges and universities for the study of California Native plants. Projects may involve taxa from anywhere in the state, but all else being equal, preference will be given to projects involving taxa that are native to the East Bay. Both biological and horticulture projects will be considered. (“East Bay” means Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.)

Funds may be requested for research, travel, supplies, and minor equipment (no single piece of equipment costing over $500). The proposed budget should not exceed $1000 and applicants are encouraged to prioritize budget items as only partial funding may be available.

Applicants must be registered undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited Bay Area college or university. The proposed project must be supervised by a faculty advisor.

To apply, send a resume and 1-2 page description of the goals, methods, and significance of the proposed project, detailing its connection to California native flora. Proposals must be accompanied by a letter from the faculty advisor approving the project. Proposals should also include a budget and budget justification that details what the grant funds will be used for. Applicants should also provide evidence that required permits will be obtained before the grant is awarded.

Requests for travel funding should adhere to the following guidelines: land transportation in private vehicles should be stated in mileage, using the rate of $0.54/mile. For travel within the U. S., estimates for actual expenses should be made (meal allowance may not exceed $50 / day).

Recipients of grants should acknowledge the Myrtle Wolf Scholarship Fund in any publications that resulted from research, travel, or equipment supported by the grant. When the grant period is over, recipients must send a report on what they accomplished to the California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter:

Please address any questions regarding the Myrtle Wolf Scholarship Fund, and mail or email all applications to:

Myrtle Wolf Scholarship Fund
California Native Plant Society
East Bay Chapter
P.O. Box 5597, Elmwood Station
Berkeley CA 94705

Deadline for receipt of applications for fall grants is October 21, 2016. Awards will be made November 1.