Youth Project Funding Open!


Wildflowers and fungi are amazing! That’s why we’re inviting you to flex your creative skills to share and celebrate them in a whole new way. This year Grow Wild are offering not one, but two opportunities for young people to receive £500 to fund a creative project that promotes UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi to others. Applications close at midday on Monday 2nd July. 

Sounds great, tell me more…

Option 1: Creative Projects (14-25)
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Option 2: Co-create a project with us - for emerging artists (18+)
Watch the video

Be inspired

Grow Wild youth project exhibition

Option 1: Creative Projects

Are you aged 14-25 and would love £500 to develop a creative idea, taking place in your area, that promotes UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi to life? Can you excite others, especially young people, to get involved as well?

Yes! Tell me how…

Step 1: Come up with a great project idea

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

*Whats this? We can’t pay money straight to your account, so you need to find someone who can receive £500 on your behalf. Read the guidance to find out who this can be

Step 3: Make your short video application and complete this simple online form

What to include in the video:

  • Your project idea (this is basically your chance to show off). Depending on what your idea is, you might want to include sketches, plans, soundbites or even footage to give a flavour of what the final piece would be.
  • How you will spend the money.
  • Who else will take part in your project. Our panel of young people will be looking for ideas that will excite and involve others so show them you’ve thought this bit through, it could be the clincher!

Step 4: Complete your application

To apply upload your video and fill in your basic details including the name and contact details of your supporting organisation HERE.

If you’re under 18 make sure you get permission from a parent or guardian before you apply.

And don’t forget to read the boring bit, ahem we mean the guidance document. No, but seriously, there’s important stuff in there that you and your supporting organisation need to know before you apply.

I’m in, but I need some inspiration…

No problemo meet...

Zak Douglas - Actor & Director

Zak, an actor and director with the Central Youth Theatre in Wolverhampton, shared WW1 soldiers accounts of wildflowers on the battlefields in his Grow Wild youth project 'Regeneration', exploring an untold side to the war through film, spoken word and drama. Read more about Zak's project. 

Freya Cohen - Artist

Freya Cohen with her bee paintingsFreya's project Solitary involved talking to the public about the problems pollinators face and why it’s so important to protect them, whilst inviting them to paint a collaborative meadow, to be showcased alongside her fine art paintings of solitary bees. Read more about Freya's project. 

New for 2018

We've never had a youth project that has focused on fungi - could you be the first? Here's ex-teacher turned rap poet Mark Grist with why fungus is important to all of us.

Option 2: Co-create a funded idea with us (18+ only)

Are you an emerging artist aged 18-25? Would you like to attend a residential workshop at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 28-29 July to develop a creative project inspired by UK native wildflowers or fungi? Would you love to be given £500 to bring your developed project to life, engaging at least a hundred people in your community, and contribute to an autumn exhibition?

Yes to all three! Tell me how…

Step 1: Think about why you should be selected

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

*Whats this? We can’t pay money straight to your account, so you need to find someone who can receive £500 on your behalf. Read the guidance to find out who this can be

Step 3: Make your short video application and complete this simple online form

What to include in the video:

  • Why you should be selected! Tell us what you would bring to this opportunity (This is basically your chance to show off. You might even want to include some examples of your previous work).
  • How you would involve others in your project. Our panel of young people will be looking for ideas that will excite and involve others, show them you’ve thought this bit through and it could be the clincher!

Step 4: Complete your application

To apply upload your video and fill in your basic details including the name and contact details of your supporting organisation HERE

And don’t forget to read the boring bit, ahem we mean the guidance document. No, but seriously, there’s important stuff in there that you and your supporting organisation need to know before you apply.

I’m in, but I need some inspiration…

All applications close at midday on Monday 2nd July