Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust

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Application Deadline: 15 August 2018


Funding is available for projects to further the advancement of horticulture in the UK and abroad.


Average Value: £ 2,400

Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.

In 2016/17 the Trust awarded grants totalling £78,980 to around 33 organisations.

Grants ranged from a few hundred pounds to around £4,500. The average grant was £2,393 .

Only one grant is usually made for each project but it is possible for subsequent grants to be made to the same individual or organisation for a new project or an additional component of the original project over two or three years.

Extended Description

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, a registered charity, offers funding to organisations in the UK to further the advancement of horticultural.

The objectives of the Trust are:

  • To promote horticulture.
  • To promote the conservation of the physical and natural environment by promoting biological diversity.
  • To promote the creation, development, preservation and maintenance of gardens accessible to the public.
  • The advancement of horticultural education.

Latest Information

Grant applications should be submitted well before the deadline dates of 15 February and 15 August each year.

Key Criteria

Grants are available for individuals, organisations and institutions in the UK (and outside the UK at the discretion of the Trustees) carrying out projects of significance to:

  • Horticulture
  • Gardening
  • Botany with a strong horticultural element.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for:

  • Projects that are of significance to horticulture, gardening or botany with a strong horticultural element.
  • Horticulural education.
  • The advancement of research in any branch of horticulture and the publication of the results of such research.
  • To assist the creation, development, preservation and maintenance of gardens accessible to the public.
  • The promotion of the cultivation and wide distribution of plants which have value to mankind.
  • Promotion and cultivation of new plants.
  • Assisting the publication of books or other works relating to science or horticulture.

Typical projects are as follows:

  • Gardeners’ training schemes run by appropriate organisations.
  • Restoring gardens of historic interest.
  • Developing new gardens for public access and enjoyment.
  • Exhibitions, book publications, research and educational programmes relating to horticulture.
  • Expeditions to collect and protect plants of scientific and horticultural value.
  • Study-visits by horticulturists or botanists with strong horticultural links.


Applicants are advised to contact the Trust for details of any funding restrictions.

Application Procedure

Contact the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust to apply and for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details: Dr David Rae, The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Royal Botanic Garden 20a Inverleith Row Edinburgh EH3 5LR
elephone: 0131 248 2905
Email: [email protected]