Youth Project Grants 2021

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Aged 14-25? Apply for a £500 grant from Grow Wild and get set to run your own exciting project this summer.

It's all about our amazing UK native plants and fungi...

Not only are they colourful and incredibly varied, 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 of our UK native plant and fungi species 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.

We’re inviting young people across the UK 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. From basic materials and equipment to any training you’ll find helpful.
     
  • The support of Grow Wild and connection to a community of other young people, completing Grow Wild projects across the country.
Why should I apply for this?
  • You get to decide how you’ll complete your project, so use the theme and do something you really enjoy!
    Whether you’re into growing, photography or video making, fashion design, science or cooking…if you’ve got an idea, we want to hear from you. We’re open to all sorts of projects.
     
  • It’s a great way to add new experience to your CV or portfolio.
     
  • You’ll be taking positive action for biodiversity, people and the planet.
     
  • You can involve your friends, neighbours or wider community. Connect with others and have some (socially distanced) fun.
Apply by 10am on Monday 17th May.

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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Do I need to be a plant or fungi expert?

Not at all!

In fact, we particularly like receiving applications from people who don’t already know much about our UK native species. Projects offer a great way to learn.

 We’re looking for enthusiasm and interesting project ideas.

To be eligible, you need to…

  • Be aged 14-25 on the 17th May 2021.
  • Live within the UK
  • Nominate a Supporting Organisation to receive the grant on your behalf and support you with your project. You can find more details in our Guidance for Applicants and Supporting Organisations.
     
A note about Covid-19

Getting people together in person remains quite tricky, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We hope that by summer things will have improved, but the situation is still uncertain. It's likely that social distancing rules will continue for some time.

Because of this, we ask that you only plan project activities that can easily work with social distancing.

Read our Guidance for Applicants and Guidance for Support Organisations for more details about planning and running a safe project.

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How do I apply?

Step 1: First have a read of our Guidance for Applicants and Supporting Organisations.

Step 2:  Find a Supporting Organisation to help you deliver the project (see guidance above)

Step 3: Come up with a great idea for your project.

Step 4: Make a 2 minute video telling us about your idea.
You don’t need any fancy equipment for this – just a mobile phone is fine. We’re interested in your project ideas, not your film making skills.

Step 5: Complete and submit our short online form by 10am on Monday 17th May.

Projects will be able to start in June and need to be finished by the end of October 2021.

Got some questions? Keen to talk through ideas? Get in touch with us.
Contact Grow Wild or call on 020 45264885 or  07826 873 421.

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Looking for some inspiration?

We’ve funded and supported 276 young people to run their own project since 2014.

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.

You can watch project videos on our YouTube channel too, including:
Noah's Hedgerow Conservation Project - Birstall 2019
There's a Weed in my Soup! Dundee project 2019

Where next?

Read our Guidance for Applicants and Supporting Organisations

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

Why wildflowers matter   Why fungi matter

Grow Wild is the national outreach learning initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  
We’re supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and through private donors and  
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