California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers


CANERS Foundation - Research Grants & Scholarships

CANERS Foundation...Endowment for Research and Scholarship/California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers

CANERS Established in 1969 - Current Principal $2.6M

The CANERS Foundation...endowment for research and scholarship (CANERS) was established in 1969. It has grown into the largest state nursery association endowment of its kind. With over $2.5M in principal, the endowment continues to grow to provide needed funding of industry research and scholarships. 

CANERS funds are professionally managed with a set of investment guidelines established and monitored by the CANERS trustees. CANERS is a separate charitable corporation, 501(c)3. The trustees are in charge of the endowment and all of its activities. 

CANERS also supports national research. The CANERS Foundation Award with the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is now $50,000. Annual research dollars are granted on this award’s behalf.  To date $31,000 in national grants has been funded by this award.


The CANERS Foundation has funds available to support research projects pertinent to the production, post-harvest handling and marketing of nursery crops.

Nursery crops include shrubs and trees produced in containers, field grown deciduous trees and rose bushes, annual bedding plants, foliage and flowering pot plants, sod, and succulent plants.Grants are made for specific research projects that deal with propagation; production systems; culture, including irrigation and fertilization; soil mixes; insect, disease, and weed control; energy conservation; mechanization; post-harvest handling and transportation; and marketing.

Grant Letter

Grant Application

Perpetual Awards...Your Legacy to the Nursery Industry of California

Individuals, chapters, companies and families can establish an award by simply investing a minimum of $2,500. The donor must then designate in writing the name of the award, how the distribution of the award’s earnings are to be stipulated—for research, scholarship or no stipulation (preferred). Also, the donor can attach specific criteria to the award with the understanding that both the scholarship and research committees will distribute all of the money awarded to their programs by the CANERS Trustees, even if criteria of specific awards cannot be met. For example, if a scholarship says that it must be given to a student of pomology and no such student applies, the money is distributed to a worthy candidate as best determined by the Scholarship Committee. 

Oftentimes, awards are established posthumously to honor an industry member. Any/one person can donate to any award and the family can increase the amount of the award principal with a direct donation at any time. USE THE FORM BELOW TO BEGIN A NEW AWARD AND CONTINUE THE LEGACY INTO THE FUTURE.

Donations accepted, for example, in the year 2010 or newly established awards in 2010, will not fund research or scholarships until they have been in the investment earning pool for one year. When the CANERS Trustees meet in March of each year, they compute the distribution based on the CANERS fund balance as of December 31, one-year prior.  So, at their 2010 meeting they worked with the balance of the fund for December 2008.  The one-year back rule was established to protect the integrity of the endowment.

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About CANERS - New Award   CANERS 2013 Newsletter 

CANERS 2014 Research Projects 


The CANERS Foundation...Endowment for Research and Scholarship began in 1969.  Perpetual Awards are the basis of the endowment.  Awards may be started with a minimum of $2500 and increases to the award balance can be made at any time.  Often awards are founded to honor a nursery industry professional, to provide a family legacy, in memoriam, or for a variety of other reasons. 

CANERS has funded nearly $1 million in scholarships for students pursuing careers in horticulture.  Annually the Scholarship Committee solicits for applications and meets to select the recipients. 

Scholarship Applications

The CANERS Foundation distributes scholarship applications for the benefit of students who are interested in pursuing an education and career in horticulture to all two year and four year colleges from which a horticulture degree can be obtained. 

General Criteria:  

  • Legibility is critical (12-point type preferred - No unusual fonts)
  • Grades are important but a B student who participates in horticulture related activities may be selected over the A student who does not participate in FFA or 4-H or other related activities.
  • Current school year letters of recommendation are important. Sources to contact for these letters are noted on the application. Email letters of recommendation are not accepted.
  • Current transcripts need to be included with the application. Computer-generated transcripts (not printed by the school's admissions office) must be signed by the horticulture instructor.

See forms below:  Scholarship Application and a Checklist of things to watch for to help you submit the application accurately.

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College Application High School Application  Scholarship Checklist