Apply for a £500 creative project grant and join our amazing London exhibition

Have your creative work exhibited at an iconic new London building, 70 St Mary Axe

We're very pleased to announce the relaunch of this opportunity, which was postponed earlier in the year due to Covid-19.

Reception at 70 St. Mary Axe

Would you like to...
  • Receive a £500 grant to complete your own creative project?
  • Have your work displayed at an amazing new London skyscraper?
  • Add impressive experience to your CV or portfolio?
  • Inspire others to appreciate the wonder of UK native plants and fungi?
  • Join a community of other young adults, completing Grow Wild creative projects?
...this is your chance, apply today!

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Monday 12th October 2020.

What’s it all about?

Our incredible UK native plants and fungi.

Not only are they colourful and amazingly varied, but they’re also really important to our lives and the natural world. They provide food and shelter for pollinators, contribute to medicine and have even inspired magical myths and legends!

We’d like you to create a piece of artwork to celebrate and share why UK native plants and fungi are
so special.

Your creation will be displayed in our London exhibition at 70 St Mary Axe. This is a fantastic new building, standing at 21 stories high. Check out pictures and videos on their Instagram and website.

This opporunity is open to people aged 18-25 living in central and Greater London.
Have a look at this list of boroughs to check if you’re eligible.

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

Grow Wild is supported by 70 St Mary Axe to bring people together to value and enjoy UK native plants and fungi.

Tell me more…

We’ll give you a £500 grant to complete your creative project .

The final exhibition will launch on Friday 12th March 2021, so you must be available on this date.

The exhibition will run for two weeks and be enjoyed by thousands of people at 70 St Mary Axe and online. Afterwards, we’ll return your creative pieces.

It’s up to you to decide how to run your project and the process you will go through to create your exhibition piece.  It’s important to think about how your piece can get other people excited about UK native plants and/or fungi.

Successful applicants will also be invited to join a group visit to gather inspiration from Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, home to the Millennium Seed Bank.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Come up with your artwork idea

Step 2: Find a Supporting Organisation to help you deliver the project

Step 3: Tell us about your idea. Make a 2 minute video, or write 500 words (with the option to include up to 3 images)

Step 4: Complete and submit our online form by 1pm on Monday 12th October 2020.

Grants will be paid in October 2020 if your application is successful.

You’ll need to finish your project by 22nd February 2021.

Ready to apply?

Read our full guidance for applicants and apply.

Are you an organisation supporting a young person?

Read our guidance for supporting organisations online.

Need some inspiration?

Check out our wildflower gallery or take a virtual walk through the Bluebells at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Discover the art of fungi photography and learn about cups, coral, ears and stars.

There are lots of previous projects led by young people featured on our blog.
Grow Wild has previously funded young people to create and share art and live performances in Wales and Scotland.

I'm not eligible, is there something else I can
apply for?

If you are not within the age bracket or live outside of London, don’t worry! We will be offering more creative project grants in Spring 2021. This will be open to people aged 14-25 living anywhere within the UK.

In the meantime, we'll also be bringing you lots of new online content, including free training events, resources and ways to connect. Make sure you're signed up to our email updates and following us on social media to hear more about future opportunities.

Need more information?

Read more about the project postponements and recent changes/updates, or if you have questions or would like to talk through ideas, you can call or text us on 07826 873 421 or email us.

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