"Our Local Nature" Grants

Grants for youth-led projects in the UK, aiming to increase access to local natural spaces and encourage a deeper appreciation and understanding of nature.

CLOSED 1st November, FUNDS ALLOCATED 7th December
We will be running a new round in 2021


The "Our Local Nature" Grants are available to fund 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.

Applicants should seek to affect change or empower local young people and the surrounding communities to increase access to natural spaces and improve understanding of the local biodiversity.

The maximum award is £1,000 per proposal. We welcome and encourage applications for significantly lower amounts. The Society is happy to co-fund any project with another organisation.

This grant is purposefully broad and welcomes novel ideas. Some examples of possible proposals could be: running a school festival about nature; painting community murals showcasing biodiversity in the area; building a community garden; creating a nature walk; hiring a speaker to come and talk about local foraging.


These grants are available to individuals and organisations who are linked with a school within the UK. This includes, but is not limited to, school staff, student groups, community groups and small charities. There must be evidence that the applicant is linked with a school. We will not award more than one grant to any one applicant in any one year.

Our application process is designed to be simple to allow young people to apply with adult support from their schools or community groups.
Through this we hope to encourage thoughtful applications without too much strain on your valuable time.

How did we choose?

We didn't!

The awardees were selected by an online Youth Panel made up of 16-18 year olds across the country. The Youth Panel reviewed all applications and came to a decision, facilitated by the Society's Engagement Manager. The Youth Panel will also be encouraged to visit the successful applicants to see impact first hand.

The Panel was guided by these criteria:

  • Are the applicants eligible for this grant?
  • Do you fully understand this proposal?
  • Have the applicants shown that their proposal is feasible financially and logistically?
  • Does this proposal have a long term impact on the intended audience?
  • Do you believe that this proposal is the best one to achieve the grant's objectives?
  • Are the grants you have selected spread out across the country?


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email learning@linnean.org with 'Our Local Nature Grant' in the subject.