Grants are made in three main areas
- Plant collection and field research expeditions
- Overseas botanists visiting or working at RBG, Kew
- Travel to botanical institutions and attending conferences
The Trust can also help by funding small capital items (other than computers) for use at Kew, Wakehurst Place or on expeditions.
The Trust’s discretionary funds are quite small and, often, it can only make a contribution to part of the costs of the project involved. Applicants are expected to secure additional funding from other sources.
RBG Kew applicants will have discussed their application with their line manager and with their Head of Department at Kew and have their support.
Other botanists and horticulturists will have discussed their application with staff at RBG, Kew and secured their support.
Checklist for applicants
When reviewing applications the Trustees have the following criteria in mind.
- Clear executive summary and clear concise language.
- Strong conservation elements that tie in well with RBG, Kew’s mission.
- There is a specific benefit to Kew, augmenting work that Kew is or will be undertaking.
- Builds up good long term relationships between RBG, Kew and other botanical organisations and conservation groups.
- Involves a developing country.
- Helps the training of the grant recipients or those they are working with.
- Will or is likely to lead to a bigger project in the same field.
- Will be well managed, budgeted and controlled.
- The track record of the applicant in delivering outcome.
When completing the Trust’s two-page application form, applicants are asked to check their application against these factors. Applicants are also asked to obtain up to date costs for travel and car hire if these are involved. Where other sources for funding have been or will be approached these should be listed.
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