Grow Wild

Local community groups wishing to bring people together to transform neglected and uninspiring community sites into spaces which everyone can enjoy have until 2 December 2014 to apply for funding for projects starting in March 2015.

Supported by funding from the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, Grow Wild is a four-year programme that aims to bring together community members, especially young people, to transform disused, unloved, neglected or uninspiring sites into a place that is attractive and useful by planting and sowing wild flowers, plants and trees that are native to the UK.

Grow Wild is looking to fund at least 60 community projects in 2015 across the UK. Grants of between £1,000 and £4,000 are available for planting projects that start in March and finish by October 2015. The total spend must equal £1,000, £2,500 or £4,000. The grants will be paid in full at the start of the project. Match funding is not required.

The funding can be used to cover costs specifically related to the Grow Wild project and can be used for materials, plants and seeds, and any volunteer costs. The Grow Wild Team likes to develop a close relationship with groups that receive funding. In addition to the funding, the team offers training and support in promoting the funded projects.

Applications will be accepted from voluntary, community and youth groups, charities, constituted not-for-profit groups, parish, town and community councils, and secondary schools since the focus is on people aged 12 to 25 years.

The deadline for applications is 2 December 2014 (midnight) and successful groups will be notified in February 2015.

More info on the website.

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