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Grants of up to £1,000 available to increase youth engagement with nature

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This fund provides grants to support innovative projects, designed and led by young people, which aim to increase access to local natural spaces and encourage a deeper appreciation and understanding of nature.

Individuals, including staff and student groups and organisations who are linked to a school or community-based organisation that works directly with young people (16 and under) are welcome to apply.

Applications should be created in partnership with and ideally led by young people.

Funding is intended for projects which affect change or empower local young people and the surrounding communities to increase access to natural spaces and improve understanding of the local biodiversity.

Examples of projects which could be funded include:

  • Running a school festival about nature.
  • Painting community murals showcasing biodiversity in the area.
  • Building or restoring a community garden.
  • Creating a nature walk.
  • Hiring a speaker to come and talk about local foraging.

Grants can be used for materials, room hire, publicity, speakers, trainers, freelancers, project-specific staff costs, audio-visual hire, reasonable volunteer expenses, transport, or other costs of activities/events.

The next deadline for applications is 22 October 2023.  Awards are up to £1,000.

The online application form is available on the Linnean Society website, along with a set of guidance notes.

Click here for more information.