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Guidance for Supporting Organisations

Support a young person to apply for £500 and project guidance from Grow Wild. We're inviting people aged 14-25 to get creative with others where they study, work or relax. They can perform or transform anywhere in the UK.

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!
Call or text Chloe on 07826 873 421, or call 020 8332 3759 or email [email protected] (Mon-Fri)

Please also read our guidance for applicants .

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 asking young people aged 14-25 to come up with a creative project to celebrate and share why UK native plants and fungi are so special.  Young people are free to decide how they want to do this – it really is over to them!

Applicants join Grow Wild - 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
corporate sponsors.

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.
Read our guidance for applicants for more details on what they need to do.

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, as long as their projects are clearly different.


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 that are working with young people under 18, individuals and groups with additional needs and/or vulnerable adults.

Section 1
It is 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
  • 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 (specific to the country) 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
Where the project is working with 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 the parent/guardian of the young person applying to Grow Wild is aware of the project and has given consent for their child to be the nominated project leader (*see note below0
  • 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 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)

* Due to Kew’s data protection and safeguarding policies, where the project leader is under 18, Grow Wild will always contact you as the Supporting Organisation in all communications about the project leader’s application and, if funded, the project.

** 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 the youth 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 making the video can be found in our guidance for applicants.

If the young person you're supporting feels at all worried or unsure about making or appearing in the video, please get in touch with us to explore options they'll feel comfortable with.

Information if applicants are under 18

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. Where the project leader is under 18, we use email to communicate and always work through the Supporting Organisation.

For under 18s, we expect most projects to be developed with a group such as a school, youth club or activity group.

Consent to take part

The Supporting Organisation is responsible for ensuring that all young people involved in the project application, and project activities (if successful) have parent/guardian consent to take part. In the case of the project leader, this consent should also cover sharing of personal data with Grow Wild.

In the application form we will be asking the named representative of the Supporting Organisation to declare that they have contacted all parents with a child under 18 involved in the project and have consent to share the image of all the young people involved in the application video. When they are under 18, the nominated project leader will be contacted through the Supporting Organisation during the application process.

Where next? 

Please read our guidance for applicants 

Got some queries? Want to talk through ideas?
Have a chat with Chloe (Mon-Fri). Call 020 8332 3759 or 07826 873 421 or email [email protected].

Working with young people in London? If they're aged 18-25 they can apply to join our exciting London exhibition. Have a read of our guidance for applicants and supporting organisations.

Want to see some previous projects we've funded?
Click here for information about Grow Wild youth projects. There are loads of project stories on our blog and YouTube.

Young people creating willow art