Youth Project Funding Open

Two young boys making music with a guitar and a drum with plants in containers behind them

Are you 14-25 and want to flex your creative skills? Then we’re offering you the chance to apply for £500 to lead a project that celebrates UK native wildflowers and/or fungi in exciting and engaging ways.

That’s because at Grow Wild we’re all about UK native wildflowers and fungi. They’re amazing and beautiful, even mind-blowing! But it’s not just that we think they’re great. We also know they play an important part in the complex web of life which supports our natural world.

Our challenge is to make everyone else as passionate as us… and that’s where you come in!

We want your project to reach and inspire lots of people in your school, youth group or community. You can use visual art, music, poetry, dance, or theatre… whatever it is that you and your friends are good at. Use your imagination; the more creative the better!

Sounds great! Tell me more…

We’ve make it easy for you to apply. Just follow our four step approach:

Step 1: Come up with your great project idea!
Step 2: Find a Supporting Organisation to help you deliver the project
Step 3: Make a short video application on your phone and upload it securely
Step 4: Complete our online form, including a link to your video

For more information on how to apply, head on over to our guidance for applicants.

For everything you need to know about who your Supporting Organisation can be, read our information for supporting organisations.

When’s the deadline?

Our Youth Project funding is part of a rolling programme, which means you can apply at any time. However, there are set points during the year when applications are reviewed.

A panel of young people from across the UK will meet at each point to decide which projects to fund.

To have your application assessed at the next panel meeting (Autumn 2018), please apply by:

Midday on Friday 28 September

Future panel dates:

  • Winter 2018; Application deadline Friday 23 November 2018
  • Spring 2019; Application deadline TBC*
  • Summer 2019; Application deadline TBC*

*There is a possibility that all of the funding may be allocated before the spring or summer panels if we receive a high number of great applications, so get your application in early to avoid missing out!

If successful, you and your Supporting Organisation will be asked for a few simple documents, and then receive funding about four weeks after this date.

Projects can start as soon as you receive the £500 grant. All projects should be completed within six months of the date you receive the grant and no later than Friday 25 October 2019.

I’m in, but I need some inspiration…

Read all about the projects we've funded in the past.

a group of young people with paint overalls and brushes standing in a brick alleyway

Are you a ‘funguy’?

(sorry, bad joke, we won’t do it again!)

We’re especially keen to hear from someone who wants to do a project inspired by fungi.

Did you know that all our lives are dependent on fungi? Read why fungi matter, or sit back and enjoy rap poet Mark Grist explaining why fungi are so important.

Speak to the team…

South England (includes all southern counties up to and including West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Peterborough)

North England (include all northern counties down to and including Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire)

*If you email [email protected], please indicate your location to ensure the right Engagement Manager gets back to you



Northern Ireland

General or National enquiries