The Linnean Society – Our Local Nature Grants

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Grants are available for schools and community groups in the UK to increase youth engagement with nature.

The Linnean Society – Our Local Nature Grants



Fund ID: S45382 

Status: Open for Applications 

Grants are available for schools and community groups in the UK to increase youth engagement with nature.


Fund Information

Funding body: The Linnean Society of London

Maximum value: £ 1,000

Application deadline: 01/11/2021


The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society, providing a forum for the discussion and advancement of the life sciences.

Objectives of Fund

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

Value Notes

Grants of up to £1,000 are available, however applications for significantly lower amounts are welcome.

The Society is happy to co-fund projects along with other organisations.

Who Can Apply

Individuals and organisations who are linked to a school or community-based organisation that works directly with young people (16 and under) within the UK are welcome to apply. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • School staff.
  • Student groups.
  • Home education groups.
  • Community groups.
  • Small charities.

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


Grants cannot be spent on:

  • Large prizes.
  • Large non-consumable equipment (e.g. purchasing microscopes or computers).
  • On-going salary costs.
  • Costs that are already covered by other funding.
  • General running costs.
  • Overheads that are paid for by other income.

More than half the grant cannot be spent on refreshments or project specific staff costs.

Eligible Expenditure

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 eligible projects are as follows:

  • 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.

Successful proposals should aim to take place within 2022.


United Kingdom.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2021.

Applicants will be notified by mid-December and funding distributed by the end of 2021.

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

A youth panel of 16 to 18 year olds from across the country will select who should receive an award.


Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    The Linnean Society of London
    Burlington House
    W1J 0BF
    Tel: 020 7434 4479


Published: 20/10/2021
Audience: Headteachers
Contact: Sharon Brear

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