Bursaries and awards


Collection Holders are invited to apply for a bursary of up to £400 once per year to help improve their National Plant Collections.

The 2020 Plant Heritage Bursary is now open to submissions. Closing date 28th February 2020.

Previous projects have been supported in the areas of:

  • Assistance with research to further knowledge of the Collection
  • Horticultural training relevant to improving the Collection
  • Capital projects to improve the collection
  • Assistance with improving interpretation for visitors
  • Professional photography of the Collection

Bursary Guidelines

Please read these guidelines to help you make your application for the bursary - the application form can be seen here. 

There are many other sources of funding for horticulturalists and collection holders, covering activities including research, study, travel or gaining new skills

The RHS has a quarterly bursary, which can fund plant expeditions, study tours, voluntary work placements, taxonomic research and conference attendance.  They also have bursaries to support botanic art and exhibitors at RHS flower shows. More details here.

A full list of grants available for horticulturalists is maintained by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and can be found here

Conserving the diversity of garden plants

eg: plant genus, common name, county, collection holder name.