Grant Requirements

Grants are for research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Bristlecone Chapter area, including the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California in Inyo and Mono counties. Grant funds are primarily targeted to graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12) and their teachers. See the grant application (pdf) for further details.

Grant recipients receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to submit a progress report at the end of the year and to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter.

Past projects have included a wide range of graduate student research projects as well as elementary school education programs, a native plant mural, native plant gardens, and invasive weed removal projects. See below for a complete list.

These grants are supported by our chapter’s annual native plant sale.

Mary Dedecker with July gold shrub
Mary DeDecker, with July gold

Apply for the DeDecker Grant

Tiehm’s buckwheat (Eriogonum tiehmii). Silver Peak Range, Esmeralda County, NV. Photo: Peri Lee Pipkin, 2022 grant recipient

Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Application (pdf)

  • New request for proposals are posted and sent out annually at the end of the year (late fall, early winter)
  • 2025 Grant Deadline is late January, 2025 – check back for exact date
  • Applicants will be notified of award by early March 2025
  • For more information, contact the DeDecker Botanical Grants Coordinator at

2024 Grant Recipients and their projects

Raspberry buckwheat, Eriogonum gracilipes, Patriarch Grove, White Mountains.
Raspberry buckwheat flowers, Eriogonum gracilipes, Patriarch Grove, White Mountains. © Stephen Ingram
    • Charles Boissavy – Phylogeny and Taxonomy of the Latifolia clade of Eriogonum with emphasis on Eriogonum nudum
    • Rachel Tageant – A Floristic Inventory of the Owens River Headwater Wilderness – 2nd year of funding this project
    • Matthew Yamamoto – A Flora of the McGee Creek Watershed, Mono County, California
    • Allison Autry – Conserving Rare and Disjunct Orchids in a Changing American West – PENDING PERMITS
Congratulations to all and best of luck with your research!

Past Grant Recipients and Progress Reports

Martin Purdy, 2020 grant recipient, making collections. Coyote Flat, Inyo County, CA.

2023 Grant Recipients

Other Grant Opportunities

Inyo milkvetch (Astragalus inyoensis). Inyo Mountains, Inyo County, CA. Photo: Maria Jesus, 2020 grant recipient

The State California Native Plant Society has five different types of Educational Grants available. 

Please see details at

See other individual chapter websites for additional opportunities.