Apply to join our London exhibition

Guidance for supporting organisations

Support a young person to apply for £500 project funding and guidance from Grow Wild.
We're inviting people aged 18-25 from London to create an artistic wonder to exhibit at a new city landmark, the amazing skyscraper 70 St Mary Axe!

Reception at 70 St. Mary Axe

We’ve made applying quick and easy. You have until 1pm on Monday 30th March.
If you have questions or would like to talk through ideas, please get in touch!
Have a chat with Chloe (Mon-Fri). Call 020 8332 3759 or 07826 873 421 or email [email protected].

Please also read our guidance for applicants or click here to download a pdf with all our guidance combined. Our application form is online.

What’s it all about?

Our incredible UK native plants and fungi.

Not only are they colourful and amazingly varied, they’re 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! Find out more on our wildflower and fungi pages.

We’re inviting London young people aged 18-25 to come up with an amazing piece of creative genius, to celebrate and share why UK native plants and fungi are so special.

Final creations 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.

Applicants join Grow Wild - 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 plants
and fungi.

Our funding is open to people aged 18-25 living nearby 70 St. Mary Axe (EC3A 8BE) and those living in central and Greater London. Have a look at this list of boroughs to check where's included.

If you are working with people aged 14-17 or 18-25 living elsewhere in the UK, don’t worry – they can still apply for funding to run a creative project with Grow Wild.

There’s a project timeline in the guidance for applicants. Don't forget our application form is online.

How does it work?

Except for young people with additional needs, or who need more support, we encourage the young person applying to take responsibility for the project. 

Each applicant must identify a Supporting Organisation to work with them. This is because Grow Wild is not able to make payment to individuals and because some young people will need a little help to manage and deliver their project.

You can support more than one young person wishing to apply, as long as their projects are
clearly different.

It’s up to the applicant to decide how to run their project and the process they want to go through to create their exhibition piece. They should also think about ways to involve other people from their community in the project and engage them in valuing UK native plants and/or fungi. More details can be found in our guidance for applicants.


As a Supporting Organisation you must be:

1. An established and relevant organisation that is charitable in purpose or not for profit. In particular:

  • Voluntary, youth or community group.
  • Education body (excluding primary schools)
  • Arts charity
  • Local Authority or other council body
  • Health Authority

2. Able to provide a member of staff or volunteer:

  • To liaise with Grow Wild.
  • To support the young person as required, e.g. access to facilities and equipment, publicity of activities, advice and guidance.

3. Financially responsible for the project with:

  • a bank account in the name of their organisation, or in the name of a local authority/other public sector body where relevant

The following organisations are not eligible:

  • Private businesses that operate for profit and have no social purpose.
  • Organisations with a solely commercial purpose.
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, when projects include involvement with young people under 18, individuals and groups with additional needs and/or vulnerable adults

Section 1
It’s the responsibility of all Supporting Organisations to:

  • receive the grant award on behalf of the young person applying
  • ensure that the funding is spent in the way outlined in the application
  • contact Grow Wild if you become aware that the project is not being delivered as planned
  • meet and discuss the project with the young person, providing advice and guidance as required
  • support the young person in the planning of their exhibition piece, to make sure it meets the display guidelines (these can be found in our guidance for applicants)
  • ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone participating in the project

As part of this responsibility, Grow Wild will need to see a copy of the following documents before funding will be released:

  • Constitution (or a similar document agreed by the group) with the group’s purpose and objectives, or evidence that the organisation is part of a Local Authority or other public sector body

Copies of the following documents and evidence of relevant disclosure checks may also be requested if an application is successful:

  •  Equal opportunities policy
  •  Health and safety policy
  •  Public liability insurance suitable for the proposed project
  •  Volunteering guidelines (if important to the project)
  •  Safeguarding policy

Section 2
If the project involves young people under 18, individuals and groups with additional needs and/or vulnerable adults, it is the additional responsibility of the Supporting Organisation to:

  • ensure that all young people (in any of the groups outlined above) who feature in the video application have consent from a parent/guardian to take part
  • ensure consent has been given by a parent/guardian, for all young people under 18 to participate in activities delivered as part of the project (including the application video)
  • ensure that all staff and volunteers working with the project have a disclosure check (that is relevant for their UK location and related activities), and have received the appropriate training to support the group and activities
  • ensure the project is accessible to all participants – with specific consideration of groups and individuals with additional needs (*see note below)
  • Safeguard children under 18 and/or vulnerable adults whilst they are taking part in the project (including any related online and social media activity)

* If you are supporting an application from young people with additional needs, please contact Grow Wild with any specific considerations that will need to be made.

Video applications

Grow Wild uses video for young people to apply for funding. This is to enable them to be creative and have fun during the application process. Applicants will upload the video and then share a link with Grow Wild. The application videos are only watched by staff at Grow Wild and the panel of young people who decide which projects will be funded. More information and tips about video applications can be found in our guidance for applicants.

Communication from Grow Wild

As part of our commitment to Safeguarding and Data Protection we only communicate with young people about their project; they will receive no further contact from Grow Wild. We will always include the Supporting Organisation in all email correspondence with the young person.

Consent to take part

The Supporting Organisation is responsible for ensuring that all young people under 18 involved in all project activities have parent/guardian consent to take part.

In the application form we will be asking the named representative of the Supporting Organisation to declare that they will establish consent from parents/guardians of all young people under 18 involved in the project. This includes consent to share the image of all the young people involved in the application video.

Where next? 

Please also read our guidance for applicants
Click here to download a pdf with all our guidance combined. Our application form is online.

Got some questions? Want to bounce ideas?
Call or text Chloe on 07826 873 421, or call 020 8332 3759 or email [email protected] (Mon-Fri).

Working with people aged 14-17? Or from outside London?
Amazing! They can apply to run a creative project, perform or transform anywhere in the UK.

Want to see some previous projects?
Click here to read about Grow Wild youth projects. There are loads of great stories on our blog and YouTube.

Young artist at exhibition