2018 CNPS Conservation Conference Travel Grant


The Orange County CNPS chapter is offering up to four $250 travel grants to attend the 2018 State CNPS Conference, Feb. 1-3 2018 in Los Angeles.  Graduate and highly qualified undergraduate students training in the study of southern California native plants are eligible.


The Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has established a Conservation Travel Grant this year to support botanically-inclined students in attending the upcoming 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference. This conference is held every three years and is an excellent opportunity for students, academics, other professionals and the larger plant conservation community to network and learn about the latest discoveries the field. Travel Grant funds will cover the $200 student registration costs as well as other incidentals and/or workshops, depending on whether awardees wish to volunteer for an additional $75 rebate from their registration. Grant awards are presented as a registration voucher and check for any remaining funds beyond registration costs.  By accepting the award, grant recipients agree to attend the conference and will be listed in our January Chapter newsletter.                                  

Application Format

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV to for review.  The cover letter should include university affiliation, educational status, a description of the applicant’s professional interests and justification as to why the 2018 Conservation Conference would be valuable to support these goals.


Review Process and Selection Criteria

Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 3rdth 2017 in order to be considered for funding. Proposals will be reviewed by committee and applicants will be notified as to whether they have been selected for funding by December 8th 2017


Finalists will be selected based on their application quality and relevance to the study and conservation of regional native plants. All applications must directly support or be consistent with the mission of CNPS, which is to “conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants." Preference may be given to students studying native species/native species issues occurring within Orange County and its environs.