Available Grants

International Travel Bursary

A travel bursary for young horticulturists wishing to pursue a number of different opportunities in the UK, across Europe or further afield. Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support travel, internships, work experience, research and conferences. More information below. There is no deadline – rolling application window so apply when you are ready!


The WRAGs (Work and Retrain as a Gardener scheme) Bursary

The WRAGs (Work and Retrain as a Gardener scheme) is run by horticultural charity, the WFGA, who match trainees with gardens where they are trained (part-time and paid the National Living Wage) under the supervision of the owner or head gardener.

Members of the charity also have access to a whole range of events and workshops, designed to develop horticultural skills.

WRAGs graduates have gone on to run their own garden business, work in plant nurseries and become head gardeners.

This bursary is open to existing WRAGs trainees to support them during their placement by covering travel costs, additional placements, or developing their training.  The application window runs from 1st June to 21st June 2024.

Application forms should be sent to the WFGA who will review all applications with the Merlin Trust. Please send your completed application form with two references to: [email protected] by 21st June 2024.


Schachen Alpine Garden Work Experience Grant

An opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks working in this world renowned garden in the mountains close to Munich. The application window has now closed for 2024 but do watch out for announcements for 2025!

McGregor Saxifrage Study Award

Watch out for news of the 2025 opportunity later this year. The application window for 2024 is now closed.

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!