Bursaries and grantsInformation on grants and bursaries available from organisations for horticultural projects, exchanges and travel.
The “Grants for Horticulturists” original website was created, established and managed by Dr Henry Oakeley and Graham Smith and supported by the RHS since 2004. Henry and Graham have kindly agreed to the creation of this new database of information hosted by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) to provide information and links to organisations that provide grant aid to individual horticulturists. The CIH acknowledges, with thanks, Graham Smith of Erythos, the original website designer, and Henry Oakeley who collated the initial information. If you are aware of any additional organisations, trusts or funds that are available to support horticulturists and that are not on this list please email email@example.com.
Click through the options below for information on grants and bursaries available from organisations for horticultural projects, exchanges and travel. The information here is offered free of charge and may be copied for private use, but please note that all resources listed are copyright reserved.
All questions relating to grant-making organisations and their web sites, and to their grants, bursaries and other supports, should always be directed to the individual organisation concerned.
For advice regarding the possible inclusion of new information and corrections on this site, either for listing as a grant-making organisation or for addition to the list of links to other sites of interest, please contact the Chartered Institute of Horticulture at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organisations with horticultural interests are very welcome to include a link to this page on their own web sites.
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Visit the website.
Alpine Garden Society
The Alpine Garden Society also offers the Hendry Fund Grant. Following her death in 1993, Ms Evelyn F. Hendry left a significant part of her estate to the East Surrey Group of the Society. This is used to fund grants for specific alpine-related projects, which can involve research on any aspect of alpine plants in the wild or in cultivation.
The AgriFood Charities Partnership
Visit the website.
American Society for Horticultural Science
Visit the website.
British Association of Landscape Industries
British Cactus and Succulent Society
For more information please visit the website
Castlebank Horticulture Centre
The application deadline is Thursday 22nd August 2019.
Chartered Institute of Horticulture
- The Norah Stucken award: a £500 prize for a project which has made a significant impact within the industry.
- The Aberconway award: £500 prize for the best horticultural dissertation submitted by a student or non-student under the age of 30.
- Young Horticulturist of the Year: the winner of this annual competition is awarded a £2500 travel bursary to help them further their career.
Cornwall Gardens Trust
David Colgrave Foundation
The DFC offers numerous scholarships and bursaries, including;
- Student scholarships: generic scholarships open to any students studying horticulture.
- Ball Colgrave scholarship: open to an employee in the early stages of their career at a commercial bedding plant nursery, or a student studying horticulture with an interest in commercial bedding plants, to fund travel to Europe to explore bedding plant production and marketing.
- British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary: open to students studying commercial horticulture. The scholarship is also available to schools and horticultural colleges to finance trips for students over 16 years of age to leading commercial horticultural establishments.
- South West Growers Show Scholarship: open to any student studying any aspect of commercial or production horticulture
- Horticultural Research Scholarship: open to students who are keen to pursue a research career in the horticultural industry should apply. This includes undergraduates, postgraduates and those studying for doctoral degrees.
- John Gibson Environmental Scholarship: open to a student with a keen interest in environmental solutions and sustainable applications as applied to commercial horticulture.
- Majestic Trees Sponsored Travel Scholarship: open to a student passionate about tree production, to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery. This also includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees, which could become a permanent position.
Derbyshire Historic Gardens Trust
Visit the website.
Devon Gardens Trust
Diana Aitchison Fund
The Finnis Scott Foundation
Garden Centre Association Trust
The Trust also offers the Dick Allen Scholarship, open to young staff within GCA garden centres, to help further their career. The recipient will attend the International GCA Congress and participate within the ‘Interactive Tour’ group.
Garden Club of America
This programme is an exchange, sponsored jointly by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the UK and by The Garden Club of America (GCA) in the USA, in association with Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania. The programme offers financial aid to British graduates and student horticulturists to undertake a 12-month stimulating internship at the world renowned Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, USA with exposure to American horticultural techniques and regional plant species.
Graduates also have the option of undertaking the first year of a Master’s course – an opportunity for post graduate study in the USA in fields related to horticulture, botany, landscape architecture and environmental studies.
The Great Dixter Charitable Trust
Hardy Plant Society
Helen Kennedy Foundation
Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme
HBGTP offers trainees a structured learning programme and an assigned Supervisor and Mentor to guide and support their practical training.
International Society for Horticultural Science
Visit the website.
Japanese Garden Society
Application forms can be found here: http://www.jgs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Bursary-Application-.doc
The MacRobert Trust
The MacRobert Trust gardens have been accredited by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) as a ‘Qualifications Approved Learning Centre’. Practical training and assessment to RHS Level 1 and 2 can now be provided in-house.
Mediterranean Plants and Gardens
Visit the website.
The Merlin Trust
The Trust was founded by Valerie Finnis VMH in memory of Merlin Scott to encourage young horticulturists.
Nerine and Amaryllid Society
For more information visit the website.
National Garden Scheme
Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust
A bursary of approximately £7000 will be given towards travel and subsistence expenses. In addition, the Trust and the individual award sponsor will meet any travel and expenses in relation to the Pre Study Briefing and Contemporary Scholars Conference. The total value of an award is in excess of £12,000.
Nuffield Farming ScholarshipsTrust Ireland
A Nuffield Farming Scholarship is a travel and study bursary awarded by the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust Ireland Ltd. The objective of the award scheme is to encourage the advancement of agriculture and rural development through the promotion of awareness, education and leadership in the Irish agriculture and rural sectors. The overall scholarship award is €14,000. This bursary is a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation which will be incurred by scholars for their international travel. It will not cover the full cost of registration & travel for the Contemporary Scholars Conference, Global Focus Programme and travel in pursuit of the study topic.
Find more details @ https://nuffield.ie/
The list of eligibility requirements are as follows;
- Applicants must be enrolled in full time education studying an agricultural or horticultural course in university or college
- Applicants must study & reside in the UK
- The applicant is 18 years or above or has parent/ guardian permission
The application form & terms of conditions can be found on our site here: https://www.onlineturf.co.uk/scholarship
Percy Picton Memorial Fund
PERCY PICTON was a well known plantsman, gardener, nurseryman, lecturer and broadcaster. The Charity was established by The Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society in 1987, as a lasting memorial to their late president, who had a special interest in encouraging people to learn more about the world of plants.
The charity is small and qualification for a grant was originally restricted to people who were resident in the Malvern Hills area, and those resident in the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. However, this restriction has now been lifted and applications are welcome from the whole of the UK.
Grants can be available to people following horticultural studies at Pershore College or similar establishments. Help is also given to apprentices and trainees in private and public gardens and nurseries. This offers the rare opportunity to gain work experience at Great Dixters, John Massey’s Garden and John Richards’ Nursery. Research studies related to plants are eligible for consideration. Training should lead to a career within Horticulture, Gardening or Botany
For more information and to apply, please follow the link: https://paulpictonswebpatch.blog/2018/02/08/the-percy-picton-memorial-fund
The Professional Gardeners' Trust
Professional Gardeners' Trust and Birkbeck Garden History Group
The Birkbeck Garden History Group will be providing the fund, which will be administered by the PGT, and allow students of garden history to expand their knowledge or undertake specific research.
Jeremy Garnett, Chairman of Professional Gardeners’ Trust is delighted that Birkbeck Garden History Group (BGHG) will be donating £1,000 per annum over the next three years. This fund will to provide grants to enable professional gardeners to broaden their knowledge of garden history by attending lectures, conferences, courses and study days. He says, “Obtaining a deeper understanding of the history of the garden in which the applicant might work and how to conduct research into previous generations of design and planting can be of vital importance to the future of our gardens”.
Professional Gardeners’ Trust is a charity set up in 2004 to help fund gardeners wanting to improve their gardening skills and gain experience in the profession. For more information visit www.pgtrust.org.
Birkbeck Garden History Group is interested in studying garden history through lectures, garden visits and exhibitions and in encouraging others to become interested in the subject of garden history: https://birkbeckgardenhistorygroup.wordpress.com
For more information contact:
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust exists to sustain Britain’s cultural heritage, by funding the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople. This can be through traditional college courses, vocational training, one-on-one training with a master craftsperson or craft apprenticeships.
Since 1990, QEST has awarded £4.2 million to more than 460 craftspeople of all ages and backgrounds in at least 130 skills, from rural to cutting-edge craft and conservation – including embroidery, stonemasonry, wood work, saddlery, stained glass painting and many more.
QEST Scholarships are grants between £5,000-18,000, available to individuals to pursue training opportunities in their chosen craft, in the UK or abroad.
- Scholarships cover the cost of practical experience, training or study at a recognised institution or with a master craftsperson – recipients can use this as a lump sum or in instalments, as required
- Scholars must be aged over 17, with no upper age limit
- If training takes place outside the UK, recipients must demonstrate how they will bring those skills back to the UK to enrich British craft
- Scholarships do not cover costs for materials, renting a workshop or other business start-up costs
QEST Apprenticeships are grants generally up to £18,000 (£6,000 a year up to three years), available to small businesses and sole traders to hire an apprentice. The funding can go towards training (in-house or external), tools and materials and/or the apprentice’s wage.
- Employer and apprentice must apply together as a partnership
- Apprentices must demonstrate a dedication/commitment to the craft, but previous experience is not required
- Apprenticeships must be for a specific craft skill, with clear training plans and milestones
Closing date for the July round is 24.8.2018. A further round of funding opens in January each year
The Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group
The successful applicant would undertake to produce a paper outlining the results of the project, within three months of completion of the project, for publication (but not exclusively) in an RCMG publication and/or Group web site.
Applicants can apply for a bursary towards research anywhere in the world.
Applications will be subject to scrutiny on a first come first serve basis, by a small panel appointed by the RCMG, and must show clear objectives and the methods for achieving these. If desired, a preliminary outline of a proposal can be discussed with John Marston to assess its suitability before applying formally.
Applications may be made at any time in the year, but in any case, a minimum of twelve weeks must be allowed before the start of the proposed project. Bursaries cannot be given retrospectively.
Anyone interested in applying for a Bursary should download the application form. You may make your entries direct onto the form on your computer and either email or alternatively print out and post.
To find out more about Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia group please visit their website
Royal Horticultural Society
SCI Horticulture Group
Shropshire Parks and Gardens Trust
Applications are welcome from both full and part-time students who are normally resident in Shropshire no matter where they may be studying.
The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
Information and the application form can be found by clicking here: Information and application form-Stanley Smith UK Hort Trust
The Studley College Trust
Stoke Poges, Wexham & Fulmer Horticultural Society
The Stoke Poges Wexham & Fulmer Horticultural Society is offering a bursary each year, for the next 10 years, of up to £200 for applicants aged between 16-25 residing in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire who wish to pursue a career in horticulture and gain the skills and knowledge requisite for entering and progressing within the profession.
Priority will be given to students following a horticultural course lasting one or more years and grants might for example go towards fees, research, travel in connection with a course, or other costs associated with a course to support individuals to gain accredited qualifications. Applications may be made at any time up to 15th July 2020.
Contact Jon Homan by email : email@example.com, for further information.
Suffolk Gardens Trust
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Three Counties Agricultural Society Bursary
The bursary is an award of £1,000 per year, for up to 3 years, to support students studying a land based subject, who are normally resident in either of the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire or Gloucestershire. Applicants can be studying at either further, higher or post-graduate level, provided it is full-time and that they are 18-23 years old at the start of their course. The course can be at any recognised college or university anywhere in the world. Applications are open annually from late Mach/Early April, and close on 1st July every year.
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Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
There are 10 varied categories each year such as Science, Engineering and Technology, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as well as an Open category.
The Worshipful Company of Gardeners
The winner will receive a cheque for £500 and a certificate, signed by HRH The Prince of Wales, and will also be invited to dine with their tutor as a guest of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners in the City of London.
The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers
- Fruit Industry employees who are participating in the Fruit Supervisory and Management Course at Hadlow College.
- Fruit growers who wish to attend a recognised Cider Making course.
The Company awards prizes annually to outstanding undergraduate and Master’s students who have evidenced an interest in fruit (as defined botanically) and expressed a wish to develop a career in the fresh produce industry.