Our funded youth projects

Grow Wild awards funding of £500 each to 14-25-year-olds for creative projects that engage people the importance of UK native plants and fungi. Successful projects are selected by a panel of young people.

Check out some of our past projects…

A wide range of projects have been produced from sculptures, film, embroidery, paintings and poetry… to ariel silk performances and even a steel band!

Don't forget you can apply for your own 2021 project grant too! The deadline is 17th May 2021.

File Grow Wild youth takeover exhibition at Summerhall, Edinburgh 2017

File Grow Wild Get Creative Youth Takeover at Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport

We’ve funded and supported 258 young people to run their own creative project since 2014.

They’ve been brilliant. And 93% would recommend us too. They’ve brought together tens of thousands of people to take positive actions to safeguard nature and learn life skills.

 “We’ve belonged to something as part of a bigger picture and because everybody’s ideas were listened to, it gave us confidence.”

Check out some of their projects:

  1. Esther and the eco-youth forum in Macclesfield engaged hundreds of people in making eco-bricks. Together they created an amazing wildflower planter.
    Eco-bricks wildflower youth project - Macclesfield 2019
  2. Noah used his funding to create a children's corner in a community cafe, connecting people to wildlife and nature.
    Noah's Hedgerow Conservation Project - Birstall 2019
  3. Isa and his team at the Yusuf Youth Initiative used their funding to connect people with Scotland’s indigenous and natural foods.
    There's a Weed in my Soup! Dundee project 2019

Groups have also taken over national exhibition spaces in Scotland and Wales to display and perform their work. That’s not all… spaces, like this youth centre in Knowsley have been transformed with the energy, creativity and leadership of the young people we've funded.

Read more about how young people have been growing wild on our blog.

For example: Cardiff Met natural dyeEdinburgh Green RoomCatherine’s success in Dunclug Primary SchoolAmber’s allotment photographyAlina’s photography exhibition; and Luisa’s wildflower meadow in Mold.