Community Grants

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We're looking for five community groups to create urban space transformations with a £2000 grant from Grow Wild

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Two women working on a garden bed
 Denmark Hill Community Garden, Jeff Eden/RBG Kew

Thank you for your interest in Grow Wild’s Community Grants, applications have now closed. The team will be in touch with applicants soon.

Are you part of a community, youth or voluntary group? Has your group got a project idea to help connect local people with the natural world? Do you know an urban space that would be ideal for a transformation?

If the answer is yes - apply for a community project grant from Grow Wild and bring your group's ideas to life.  You'll be helping us on our mission to bring people together to value and enjoy UK native plants.

Application deadline: 10am on Monday 4th April 2022

 

What’s it all about?

In the UK we’re lucky to have a wonderful variety of native plant species. Not only do they bring colour and interest to our lives, they provide vital food sources and shelter for our insects, birds and other wildlife.  

Despite being rewarding to grow and experience, many of our UK native species are unfortunately in decline, particularly in more urban areas.

Grow Wild is offering grants of £2000 to five groups from across the UK who would like to help us change this, by transforming an urban space through planting and taking positive actions for nature.

We’re looking for groups who will involve other people in their project and create transformations that will benefit their wider community.

 

What could your group receive?

  • A grant of £2000 to transform an urban space with UK native plants. You can also use your grant to engage other people in your project through workshops, events and learning activities.
  • Successful groups will receive their grant around the end of May and projects need to be completed by the end of October 2022.
  • Project leaders from the five successful groups will be invited to join online meet-ups, and training facilitated by Grow Wild. These will be chances to connect, hear about each other’s projects, learn and share experiences.

 

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Woman kneeling in plants, gardening
Cordwainers Grow, Ines Stuart-Davidson /RBG Kew

How to apply...

Step 1 – Read our guidance for applicants. Check your group and project idea are eligible.

Step 2  - Get chatting and innovating with your group, to come up with your winning idea.

Step 3 -  Prepare an ‘elevator pitch’, a 5 minute video, telling us what you want to do and how you’ll do it.

Step 4 – Complete and submit our online application form by 10am on Monday 4th April 2022

We recommend taking a look at the application questions in plenty of time before the deadline, so you can prepare the information requested. We've created a list of the questions that you can download and view, to help you get everything ready.

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Grow Wild Community Grants 2022 - Application Questions.pdf

 

Once the deadline has closed, we’ll create a shortlist of the project ideas that have most impressed us.

If this includes your idea, we’ll then ask you for a bit more detail about your plans. Our panel of experts will then choose the successful five projects.

 

More about us...

Grow Wild is the national outreach learning initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Grow Wild community projects are supported by Alexander McQueen, bringing people together to value and enjoy UK native plants.

 

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Community group stand in front of a mural and garden they have created
Heath Hands, Ines Stuart-Davidson/RBG Kew

Guidance for applicants

The information below tells you everything you need to know about this grant opportunity and how to make your application.

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Contact us

Got some questions? Keen to talk through ideas? Get in touch with us.

Email: hellogrowwild@kew.org

Telephone: 020 4526 4885 or 07826 873 421

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