Youth grants

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Aged 14–25? Apply for a £500 grant from Grow Wild and run your own exciting project this summer!

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Young girl in green t-shirt planting in community group
Heath Hands, Ines Stuart-Davidson/RGB Kew

Please note, applications for this grant opportunity have now closed. 

Our amazing UK native plants and fungi need your help...

Not only are they colourful, weird and wonderful, they provide important food sources and shelter for our insects, birds and other wildlife. They contribute to vital medicines and have even inspired magical myths and legends.

Despite all this, unfortunately many UK native plant and fungi species across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are in decline, particularly in more urban areas.

We want to change this by giving UK native species the attention and appreciation they deserve, connecting people and communities along the way.

Join us on our mission.

The brief

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If you're 14-25 and based in the UK, we’re inviting you to...

Come up with a project idea to celebrate and share why UK native plants and/or fungi are so special

In return you’ll receive:

  • A grant of £500, to pay for everything you need for your project. It could go towards anything, from basic materials and equipment to resources or any training you’ll find helpful.
  • The support of Grow Wild, and connection to a community of other passionate young people, completing projects across the UK. 
  • An invitation to take part in Kew's new Youth Environmental Leaders Award. This Kew accredited award and training programme will upskill and empower you to encourage others to share their passion for the natural world. The award has been designed to work alongside your Grow Wild project at every stage, helping you to get the most out of this grant opportunity. 
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Searching for inspiration?

We’ve funded and supported 301 young people to run their own project since 2014. You could be next!

Check out a few of our past Youth Projects to get your creative juices flowing:

These videos on our YouTube channel might be helpful too: 

Find out why UK native plants and fungi are so amazing...

Guidance for Applicants

The information below explains everything you need to know. Don't forget to also visit our guidance for Supporting Organisations.

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Wildflowers growing out of a white bathtub
Wildflower Bathtub, Peer Hoxton
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Guidance for Supporting Organisations

 

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Support a young person to apply for a £500 grant and run their own exciting project. 

Here you will find guidance about the role of a Supporting Organisation and which organisations are eligible. We’ve also included some important guidance about safety. 

Make sure you’ve read the guidance for applicants above. 

If you have any questions or need some help, please email Grow Wild or call: 020 45264885 or  07826 873 421. 

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Responsibilities of the Supporting Organisation 

Grow Wild recognises that the level of support that young people will need to deliver their project will vary according to their age, abilities and needs. 

Section 1 below outlines the responsibilities that all Supporting Organisations must adhere to.   

Section 2 below outlines additional responsibilities for Supporting Organisations that are working with young people under 18, individuals and groups with additional needs and/or vulnerable adults.

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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 873421

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