The Earl Dailey Memorial Endowment Grant program was made possible by an endowment idea established by Pennington County Master Gardener Earl Dailey in 1995. The endowment process was administered by then State Master Gardener President Bob Spomer in 1999. By 2004 the principal was raised and the first grant funds were dispersed in 2006.
Currently active SDSU Extension Master Gardeners are eligible to apply for a small grant to assist with their or their club’s community horticulture education activities. The amount of money available for grants is determined each year by the SDSU Extension Master Gardener Advisory Council and Extension staff. Grant applications typically open within the first quarter of the calendar year. Recipients are expected to use the funds within the same year and provide a very brief presentation on their program progress and/or outcomes at the annual Master Gardener update conference in September.