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American Penstemon Society Guidelines for Submitting a Special by Anarbor


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          American Penstemon Society
              Guidelines for Submitting a
              Special Project Proposal

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                                     Table of Contents

Special Projects Goal and Topic Areas                            3
Funding                                                          4
Where to submit applications                                     4
Application format                                               5
Special Project application guidelines for applicants            6
Assistance for applicants                                        8
Timeline: opening and closing dates for submission               8
Need to be a member of the American Penstemon Society            8
Reporting by funded projects                                     9
        Six-Month Report Format                                  10
        Final Report Format                                      11
Measureable Objectives of Special Projects funded in 2009-2010   12
Flier: Call for Entries                                          14

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                                    American Penstemon Society
                                       Special Projects


To select and provide financial support for projects that are practical and useful to APS
members. Ideally the project will fall into one of the following areas:

   1. User-friendly identification tools, such as a key for specific locales
   2. Practical horticultural information, including cultivation, germination and garden
   3. A way or ways to enhance connections and communication between and among
      members; for example, establishing a regional group, organizing a regional meeting,
      sponsoring a plant sale, or developing Power Point presentations for use by members,
      gardening organizations, or schools
   4. Botanical or horticultural research which provides useful and interesting information for
      the penstemon gardener, for example determining the effect of pre-emergents on
      penstemons (adults or seedlings), effective ways to amend soils, better defining how
      much moisture selected penstemons need/tolerate in various soils, which penstemons
   5. Ways to promote the enjoyment of penstemons, for example expanding the photo library
      on the web, developing a booklet describing recommended hikes within a specific
      geographical area, writing an annotated bibliography of relevant books
   6. Means for helping to protect and preserve natural populations of penstemons, especially
      endangered species, for example creating a list of potential partnership organizations
   7. Penstemon ecology, for example reporting on pollinators or interactions of penstemons
      with other plants and animals
   8. Penstemon display gardens, for example compiling a list of botanical gardens and/or
      private gardens open to visitors

   9. Liaisons with nurserymen that will encourage and enable them to expand their penstemon
       offerings (plants and seeds), for example designing an informational booklet for this
       group or a section of the website for this purpose
   10. Print or electronic media for the lay person which interprets and reports recent and
       important botanical information about penstemons and explores the implications for the
       penstemon gardener -- for example which penstemons are most closely related as
       determined by DNA analysis

No project of merit will be eliminated because it does not fit into one of the objectives listed

Awards are for one year. Funding is divided into two segments of six months each. The second
funding cycle is dependent upon the six month report. In general awards will rarely exceed $500
for one applicant.

Where to submit applications
Please send your application as an attachment to Barbara Lewis

Also please send a hard copy to:
Barbara Lewis
10918 N Sunshine Drive
Littleton, CO 80125

On the next page you will find a copy of the application form. On the subsequent pages you will
                                    find related guidelines .

                                                Application Format

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                                             American Penstemon Society
                                                   Special Project
                                               Request for Proposal

Name of Project

Contact information of person(s) submitting Proposal1
        Mailing addresses
        Email addresses
        Phone numbers

Project beginning and ending dates

Amount of funding requested (this is a one-year grant)

Specific area(s) addressed2

Background and Rationale

Measurable Objective

Methods and Timeline

Evaluation (to determine if objective(s) has been met)

Itemized Budget (not to exceed $1,000)

Qualifications of person(s) submitting project

Send four hard copies or a CD of the request to:

Barbara Lewis
10918 N Sunshine Drive
Littleton, CO 80125

    If there are two or more persons involved in the project, please indicate who is the lead person
    Refer to the 10 areas listed on pp. 3-4 in this document. These areas are listed under APS goal.

                      Special Project Guidelines for Applicants

Background and Rationale

Tell us what led up to this application. What needs have been encountered? What has been
done to date by you and or your organization to meet these needs? Build a case for why we
should fund your project. Keep it clear and simple.

Measureable Objective

State your specific objective(s). Again, clarity and brevity are important. Be concrete.
Ideally there should be only one or two objectives. An objective is NOT a method statement,
it’s a statement of what you want to accomplish. Your objective should grow naturally out of
“Background and Rationale.”

Methods and Timeline

Step by step explain what you are going to do and how you are going to do it in order to
achieve your stated objective(s). Your timeline should show approximately when you are
going to perform each step. In this section you convince us that you know what job needs to
be done and that you have a realistic achievable plan for getting the job done.

And to repeat ourselves, keep it simple. Be sure we can understand just what you are going
to do, how you are going to do it, and when you are going to do it. Keep building your case.

The timeline informs the reader of what is being done and when.


This is an important section, but it, too, should be brief. How will you know and how will
you demonstrate that you have indeed met your measureable objective?

Often there will be several evaluation techniques used, reflecting the various steps you are
taking. The techniques can be simple, but must function to tell you whether you have reached
your objective and/or each step toward your objective.

We need to read your evaluation plan and be convinced you’ll have ways to self-correct if
needed and/or to know you are maintaining your trajectory

Itemized budget

We want to know where the money is going and how it will be used. Be specific. The
budget should be modest, realistic, and justifiable.

Qualifications of person(s) submitting project
Demonstrate that you have the training and/or experience to do what you propose to do.
Keep it brief and simple, but don’t be modest.

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Assistance for applicants
       If questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact one of us:

             Barbara Lewis 303-903-9278
             Lynn Ackerman

To better understand the American Penstemon Society, it may help to review our website:

Time line for submitting, awarding and beginning a Special Project
             Jan1________________________ Mar31__________ April 30_______________________July 1
             Call for Proposals            Deadline        Award                       Project activity
                                         For submission  Announcement                    begins3

Those submitting proposals must be members of APS. Applicants may join APS in order to
submit a proposal. Membership information is available at

    Special arrangements can be made for start dates that rely upon growing seasons.

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For those awarded grants, the following will be requested:

       APS requests a six month progress report and a final report from those receiving grant
       awards. These can be brief. (see forms attached to the end of this document, pp 10-11)

       It is hoped that recipients will be able to give a 5-10 minute presentation about their
       project at the APS annual meeting which immediately follows the completion of the
       project. APS will waive the cost of registration for the meeting which includes a buffet
       and one dinner. The recipient will be responsible for travel and a hotel.

       If a recipient cannot attend the annual meeting, it is hoped he or she will prepare a poster
       which can be displayed at the annual meeting.

       The American Penstemon Society will appreciate acknowledgements of our funding such
       as in related articles or publications, displays, or a public garden planting.

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                                      American Penstemon Society
                                            Special Project
                                       Six-month Report Format

Name of Special Project

Project Beginning and Ending Dates


Description of activities completed

Results: what has been achieved in the first six months and what has been learned

Anticipated activities for the next six months

Please include name of person submitting the report and reliable contact information.

Email report to:

Barbara Lewis
10918 N Sunshine Drive
Littleton, CO 80125

                               American Penstemon Society
                                     Special Project
                                 Final Report Format

Name of Project

Project Beginning and Ending Dates

Objective(s)         Restate objective

Summary of Methods and/or Activities
                 Restate methods and/or activities as initially submitted; describe and
                 explain any modifications

Evaluation           Restate evaluation techniques as initially submitted, explain any
                     modifications and present outcomes.

Results              Describe results of your Special Project.

Discussion:          Address what was learned and the implications of your results for
                     members of the American Penstemon Society. Include suggestions for
                     further work.

Please include name of person(s) submitting the report and reliable contact information.

Email attachment to:

Barbara Lewis
10918 N Sunshine Drive
Littleton, CO 80125

                                    Special Projects Funded in 2009-2010
                              Titles, Topic Areas, Objectives and Investigators

1. Name of Project: Penstemons in the Home Garden Demonstration.

Topic area: Practical horticultural information, including cultivation, germination and garden
Objective Our objective for this project is to create a permanent and ongoing garden display
that will educate our visitors on the placement of native Penstemon species in high elevation
gardens through both signage and demonstration. As an outcome of this project, we hope that our
visitors will come to understand the benefits and ease of using native Penstemon in their home

Investigator Whitney Rooney
Whitney Rooney is the Horticulturist at the Arboretum at Flagstaff. She is knowledgeable in the propagation of
Penstemon species, the ecological needs of specific species, and the usage of native plants in home gardens.
Penstemons comprise a substantial portion of the plants grown at The Arboretum at Flagstaff, requiring of her a well-
rounded knowledge of the species.

2. Name of project: Pollination biology of Penstemon clutei rare endemic beardtongue
Topic area: #7, Penstemon ecology (pollinators)
Objective The objective of this study is to identify the primary pollinators of Sunset Crater
beardtongue (Penstemon clutei) and determine whether they are necessary to effect fruit

Investigator Susan E. Nyoka

Susan Nyoka currently works as a research botanist with the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona
University, a position she has held since 2005. She received her BS at Southern Oregon University in 1997, and a
MA in biology from Humboldt State University in 2005. She has completed “The Bee Course” (2003), a workshop
offered through the American Museum of Natural History designed to provide participants with sufficient
knowledge and experience to identify bee genera in North and Central America. Previous pollinator work includes a
study of the pollination biology and phenology of the rare serpentine endemic Darlingtonia californica, a master’s
thesis investigating the effects of exotic plant species on bee assemblages in a northern California dune system, and
most recently, a study of the effects of fuels reduction treatments to insect pollinators in a pinyon-juniper woodland.

3. Name of Project Graham’s Penstemon Habitat Preservation Project

Topic area (6) Means for helping to protect and preserve natural populations of penstemons,
especially endangered species, for example creating a list of potential partnership organizations.

Objective Establishment of formally protected areas to preserve remaining Graham's penstemon
populations and habitat.

Investigators Erin Robertson and Connor Bailey

Erin Robertson (project lead) is Center for Native Ecosystems' Senior Staff Biologist. Our first employee, Erin
started working at CNE in 2001. She has experience with a wide range of taxa and ecosystems, with particular
expertise in botany and pollination biology. She earned an M.S. in Botany through the University of Colorado's
Museum and Field Studies Program and a B.S. in Biology from Bates College. Erin has worked for the City of
Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Departments, the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, and the Denver
Botanic Gardens, and is a member of the Colorado Native Plant Society and the American Penstemon Society. Erin
researched and wrote the original Endangered Species Act listing petition for Graham's penstemon in 2006 and has
been the primary advocate for this species ever since.

Connor Bailey (project support) is Center for Native Ecosystems' GIS Director. He received his B.A. in
Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000, with an emphasis in GIS and physical geography
and recently completed an Advanced Certificate of GIS from the University of Denver. He is experienced in map
production and database management. Connor has also worked in New Zealand and Rocky Mountain National Park
researching invasive plants, and served as the GIS Director for the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project. Connor is
now pursuing a Masters in GIS at the University of Denver.
              January 1 (open) -March 31, 2010 (close)
                 Awards Announced April 30, 2010
                    Projects begin July 1, 2010
                    Projects end June 30, 2011

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SUBJECT        One-year grants to support projects of modest
               dimension that will enhance, expand or otherwise
               contribute to the APS objective of promoting the
               enjoyment of penstemons

AMOUNT         $100-$800

ELIGIBILTIY    All members of the American Penstemon Society
               You may join to enter @ $15/year

CONTACT Click on Special Projects (to be posted Oct 1)
               Barbara Lewis (unavailable Oct 1-Dec
               Lynn Ackerman

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