Community Project funding 2018

Now open for applications!

Have you got a ridiculously exciting idea for a project that brings people together through activities that connect their community and celebrate UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi?

Well then, read on…

What is it we’re looking for?

Grow Wild is awarding funding of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups and projects that:

  • Stand out from the crowd - think something creative, or even better something that hasn’t been done before!
  • Focus on UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi, highlighting the importance of these species for the environment, and for quality of life.
  • Will engage one or more of these groups: 

        Young people aged 12-18
        Students and young people aged 18-25
        People living in urban areas
        People experiencing hardship and reduced access to services
        Adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities

  • Will encourage large scale community involvement, ideally in the hundreds!
  • Will deliver the project in a space or location that is accessible to the general public i.e. is not in a restricted or controlled area
Sounds like my group or organisation, but are we eligible?

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • A voluntary, youth or community group, which is constituted, not-for-profit or charitable. In particular:

              Youth groups.
              Secondary schools.
              Parish, town and community councils.
              Health authorities, health boards and prisons.

  • A group that is able to deliver and be financially responsible for a community project.
  • A group that holds a bank account in the name of their group and can show evidence of this to Grow Wild.

Unfortunately, the following groups are not eligible to apply:

  • Local authorities
  • Primary schools
  • Organisations with a commercial focus and where Grow Wild funds may be directly involved with commercial activities.Groups previously funded by Grow Wild during 2014-17

But you can team up to support a group that is eligible in delivering their project!

So, what happens next?
  • Download the guidance document for everything you need to know about the process of applying for Grow Wild community project funding. Please read it all the way through, as there may be additional aspects you will need to take into account.
  • If your group or organisation is eligible, you will need to contact your local Grow Wild Engagement Manager to discuss your proposal and request the online application form. See page 5 of the guidance document for their contact details.
  • Applications must be submitted by midday on 15 January 2018
  • Grow Wild then assesses all applications, identifying a shortlist that is reviewed by an expert panel early 2018. You will be notified by 27 February 2018 if your group or organisation has not been shortlisted.
  • All shortlisted applicants will be notified if they have been awarded funding by 23 February 2018.
  • Projects will begin delivery in March 2018 and will be required to finish by October 2018. Once your project starts you will be visited by your local Grow Wild Engagement Manager.
Ok, that’s clear enough, but I need some inspiration…

Your wish is our command!

These previously funded Grow Wild community projects successfully brought people together through activities that connected them with their community and celebrated UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi in innovative and exciting ways…

Foraging Hedgerow, Gateshead

The Comfrey Project's ‘Foraging Hedgerow’ helped unite their community by bringing refugees and asylum seekers together with the broader community.

The project involved building a foraging hedge and sowing and growing native wildflowers and plants across the area, creating a very ecologically diverse space that is accessible to the public.

Meet Sultan, a participant from the project.

Listen! What Grows Here, Glasgow

Beatroute Arts ‘Listen! What Grows Here’ engaged young people aged 8-12 and the wider community in UK native fungi through art, music and fashion.

All the elements of their project including art, a fungi fashion show and music designed and composed by the young people were showcased at their community event.

Learn more about Beatroute Arts ‘Listen! What Grows Here’.

Poppy Tales, Wales

A dedicated band of Colwyn Bay residents came together to create an inspirational community space for play, theatre and nature activities, engaging the local community in caring for the nature around them. 

Phytology, East London

Funding from Grow Wild enabled Phytology, a community garden in East London to engage with its surrounding community through providing horticultural training to young people, running an adopt a plant scheme and running workshops to create products like toothpaste from their medicinal field.

Ready to apply? Download the guidance