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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
The Linnean Society of London
Tel: 020 7434 4479