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.

Applications have now closed for the 2021 Plant Heritage bursary.

Previous projects have been supported in the areas of:

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

Bursary Guidelines

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

This bursary is now closed - applications will reopen in Winter 2021

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. Check the RHS website for details.

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture maintain a compiled list of all the various grants available for horticulturalists - this includes regional grants, plant type specific funds and grants towards research or travel.

Conserving the diversity of garden plants

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