Available Grants

These four awards re-opened for applications on 01 April 2022 and we are accepting applications NOW:

  • The UK-only Study Travel Grant has been expanded into new areas, including conferences, study fees (short skill courses only), and purely conservation-based projects. We strongly encourage applicants considering internships and work experience placements – watch out for more information and examples here soon!
  • An UK-only Study Travel Grant special award for a heather-related project or internship is also available.
  • The Green Recovery Award is aimed at young horticulturists interested in growing their practical experience in sustainable horticulture and conservation horticulture, including the role of horticulture in UK habitat restoration. Internships and work experience placements strongly encouraged.
  • The Health & Wellbeing Award will allow award recipients to explore the impact of horticulture on society, particularly the links between gardening and health. Internships and work experience placements strongly encouraged.

The Merlin Trust is keen to support internships at gardens or other horticultural organisations across the UK. This could include work experience of a few days to longer periods that allow applicants to more fully explore new areas of horticulture, work closely with particular plants or plant collections, experience different gardens and their microclimates and growing conditions, or work alongside a specialist to develop new skills. Please do contact the Merlin Trust Secretary if you have an idea you would like to discuss or for advice on gardens or organisations to approach for your area of interest. 

New application requirements have been implemented, with relevant sections added to the application form/s:

  • Applicants will be asked to consider COVID-19 safe working practices: double vaccination with booster will be required for all successful applicants.
  • All applicants must also consider the environmental footprint of their tour and to seek the most sustainable travel as possible.

All application forms are available as Word documents. If you would like to receive a different format, please contact the Secretary.

Please read the application guidance notes below before downloading and completing an application form.

How To Apply:

  1. Read the eligibility criteria and guidance notes (see below) carefully to ensure you and your intended project qualify;
  2. Fill in all parts of the Application Form;
  3. Email your application to the Secretary with your name as the file name;
  4. Ensure your two referees email their references as attachments to the Secretary: your application will not be considered until both references have been received.
*You must allow a minimum of four weeks from submission of your application to the start of your project (see Guidance Notes for more detailed information). Please also note that a decision will not be made immediately after submission: there may be a delay of up to three weeks to allow the Trustees to review applications. Submissions will only be considered by the Trustees once both references have been received.

Report Guidelines:

If your grant application has been successful, you will be required to produce a report of your visit. While there is no set template for this, we do offer some advice via the guidance document below. So if you are unsure what is required, read the guidance or get in touch!