Apply to join Grow Wild's Community Programme

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Applications to Grow Wild’s Community Programme 2024 are now closed. 

This page tells you everything you need to know about how to apply to join Grow Wild's Community Programme.

Once you have read through the checklist on this webpage, click the button below to submit your application via the online form

Application Checklist

Please complete the four steps below to ensure you are ready to apply to join the Grow Wild Community Programme.

How to make your 'elevator pitch'


Gather your group and start planning your ‘elevator pitch’ - a video (5 minutes max) including:

  1. An introduction to your group.
  2. What your project idea is and how you will achieve it.
  3. The space you want to transform, this can be shown or described.
  4. How your project will have a positive impact for biodiversity including growing UK native plants. 
  5. Who you will involve in the project and how they will benefit.

There are lots of ways to create your video, (we’re more interested in your ideas than your film making skills)

  • You don't have to be on camera.
  • You could film your space, providing an audio or subtitled description.
  • You could interview other members of your group or wider community, explaining why the project idea is fantastic.
  • If creating a video is difficult for your group due to specific access needs, contact Grow Wild to discuss a suitable alternative.

Create a link to your video, to include in your application form.

  • You may find it easier to first upload your video to a sharing site such as YouTube or Vimeo. 
  • Check the privacy settings to make sure your video isn’t publicly discoverable if you don’t want it to be, but make sure Grow Wild will have access to view the video. 

Ensure that you have consent from all participants in any photos or videos included in your application. 

Make sure participants are informed that the content will be shared with Grow Wild, prior to taking part.  If your photos or videos include any people under 18, you must obtain their parental or guardian consent. 

Look at the application questions in plenty of time before the deadline, so you can prepare the information requested. 

Please note: you cannot save your progress on the application form once you have started it.  We suggested preparing your answers on a separate document first, to copy and paste into the form.

For the application form you will need to include: 

  • A link to your 5 minute ‘elevator pitch’ 
  • A copy of your group’s safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Evidence of landowner permission for the project space
  • Your budget plan and timeline (more information in section 4 below)

Click on the pdf link below to view the application questions in advance:

Community Programme Application Questions 2024.pdf

You will need to upload this document into the application form when you apply

The budget plan and timeline give us more detail about when you plan to carry out your activities and how you will use the grant money. 

You will find full guidance to complete these on the template provided below. 

Save a copy of the template and enter your information directly onto it. When completing the online application form you will be prompted to upload this document. 

View and download the template:

Grow Wild - Project Timeline & Budget Template.docx

Ready to apply?

Complete and submit the online application form

If you have any questions about applying, please email or call us on  07824 104 632. 

About the selection process


Applications will open in mid-December 2023. 

Applications close on: 30 January 2024 at 3pm

1. After the application deadline Grow Wild will review all applications received.

  • Grants will be allocated to projects which best meet the application criteria and Grow Wild's programme objectives.

2. Grow Wild will notify all groups via email by April 2024, confirming if they have been successful or not.

  • Please check your email account, including junk email folder regularly after the closing date.
  • Due to the volume of applications, please be aware that Grow Wild won’t be able to provide feedback for unsuccessful applications.  

Please note: Grow Wild reserves the right to make the final decision around which groups will receive a grant and no discussion will be entered into in relation to this decision.

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