Trusts & Foundations
Funding from charitable trusts and foundations help Kew to work ahead of government to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide.
Kew is committed to supporting the botanists of the future.
For further information on how charitable trusts and foundations can work in partnership with Kew, please contact:
Phone 020 8332 3226
Investing in change
As environmental challenges become ever more acute, the demands on Kew’s work intensify. Funding from charitable trusts and foundations enables Kew to face these challenges as soon as they are identified, embarking on ambitious and ground-breaking projects.
Working in partnership
Kew works in close collaboration with charitable trusts and foundations to deliver pioneering and exciting projects, and we are always seeking to develop new relationships with funders as partners in this vital work. We particularly welcome trustees and grant administrators to visit Kew and meet with project staff.
A rich heritage of philanthropy at Kew
The support of visionary charitable trusts and foundations has always been integral to the development of Kew and remains essential to our work today.
How the Wellcome Trust is making a difference
The Great Plant Hunt is a national scheme which encourages children to explore the natural world and join other schools in the biggest ever school science project. The project invites primary school children to follow in the footsteps of Darwin by going on nature walks in and around their school grounds, to find out more about plants and in the process learn key scientific skills. The Great Plant Hunt is commissioned and funded by the Wellcome Trust.
How the Heritage Lottery Fund is making a difference
The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting Kew to restore the Marianne North Gallery, a Victorian art gallery purpose built within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to display the work of the intrepid traveller and artist, Marianne North. This funding will help conserve the gallery and the collection it houses for future generations.
How the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is making a difference
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports the digitisation of key elements of Kew's collections. The digitisation process allows for our collections to be queried and analysed in ways not previously possible, and enables access by 'virtual visitors' unable to visit the collections in person.
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
How you are helping
09 Nov 2012
This year, Kew is taking part in the 'Big Give Christmas Challenge', a campaign to encourage philanthropic giving by matching a donors’ gift. Effectively your donation to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership could be doubled! We need to raise £50,000 for next year’s seed collecting trips, as well as expanding our work on using existing collections. Please note: This campaign ran from 6 to 19 December 2012 and has now finished.
21 Aug 2012
A recent donation from a Kew supporter will give more of our visitors the chance to explore our beautiful Gardens.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership ‘top banana’ as it celebrates banking 10% of the world’s wild plant species.
15 Oct 2009
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is celebrating collecting, banking and conserving 10% of the world’s wild plant species by banking its 24,200th plant species.
27 Jul 2012
A group of Kew Patrons enjoyed a revealing tour of Kew's most iconic glasshouse. Palm House Manager Wesley Shaw spoke about the history of the building, the plants in the collection and the day-to-day work of maintaining this unique part of the Gardens.