Application deadline: Early 2020

The Botanical Society of America (BSA) and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) are pleased to invite applications for the annual Botanical Advocacy Leadership Grant. This grant, organized by the Environmental and Public Policy Committees of BSA and ASPT, aims to support local efforts that contribute to shaping public policy on issues relevant to plant sciences.

The successful proposal will:

  • Demonstrate a connection to improving public knowledge, connecting with policymakers, or taking hands-on action on issues relevant to plant science.

  • Briefly explain the grantee’s qualifications and institutional affiliation. Proposals that can show how the project can lay a foundation for longer-term transformation and/or support those who face systemic disadvantage will be viewed favorably.

  • Examples of previously awarded projects:

  • Funding a capacity-building workshop for rural women to support conservation and sustainable management of endangered, rare, and/or culturally important plant species.

  • Purchase of a digital video camera to present live images of plants during a summer lecture series at an underfunded, botanically-focused branch of a regional museum.

The recipient of this grant will receive $1000 to be used in the proposed project and will be recognized at the annual Botany meeting during the awards ceremony. To apply, please send a one-page letter describing the proposed local efforts and their anticipated impact along with a basic one-page budget to show how the funds will be used. All active members of BSA and ASPT are eligible to apply. Applications should be sent as a single .pdf (“YourName_BALAapp.pdf”) to Andrew Pais ( with the subject line “2020 BALA application”.

Awardees will be required to submit a brief summary of their activities with an image to the Plant Science Bulletin (PSB) by January 15th of the following year. This synopsis will appear in the March/April issue of the PSB and is intended to highlight the impact of the recipient’s efforts in shaping public policy and awareness of plant-related issues. Inquiries about the grant may be directed to the chairs of the EPPC for both societies.