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Trusts and foundations

Funding from charitable trusts and foundations help Kew to work ahead of government to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide.
Children study leaves in a nature area
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:

David Tatham
Tel: 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 allows 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 looking to develop new relationships with funders as partners in this vital work. We particularly welcome trustees and grant administrators who are interested in visiting Kew and meeting 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 that 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


Painting of a butterfly settled on a leaf next to the large pink flower of Protea cynaroides, by Marianne North

The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting Kew to restore the Marianne North Gallery, a Victorian art gallery purpose-built within Kew Gardens, 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 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.