Skip to main content

Outdoor Learning Officer Grant

(Applications for this grant are currently closed.)

This grant supports charities and non-profit organisations who want to employ Outdoor Learning Officers, funding a contribution towards salaries only.

We know that inspirational role models are key to helping young people form lasting connections with the natural environment. This is why we prioritise charities and organisations whose approach is to encourage young people to enjoy the outdoors and engage with nature. They will educate communities about land, food production and biodiversity, their work will enable society to have a healthy respect for their local environment and drive sustainable behaviour.

Successful applicants’ new recruits will also be invited to join OPEN (Outdoor Practitioners Education Network), the Trust’s network of Outdoor Learning Officers, sharing best practice and exchanging ideas and skills.

How much grant funding will each organisation receive?

Up to £15,000 per Outdoor Learning Officer, per year, for up to three years.

What can we fund?
  • Contributions to salaries – The Trust’s Outdoor Learning Officer grant will fund up to £15,000 per year (approximately 50% of a full-time salary including on-costs).
  • Multi-year awards – The Trust appreciates that supporting organisations for more than one year is often highly valued by charities to ensure sustainability, providing a opportunity to build capacity and potentially give a more sustained impact. Subject to satisfactory annual impact evaluation reporting, this award will fund continuation of a post at £15,000 per year for up to three years.
  • Non-Profit Organisations – We will fund UK-based registered charities, community interest groups, not-for-profit organisations whose vision is aligned with our own.
  • Any UK location – The work must have a direct benefit in the UK. Priority will be given to organisations working within areas of high deprivation.
  • Organisations with good governance – As part of the application process, we will require financial information, a copy of your latest Annual Reports & Accounts plus evidence of your Safeguarding Policy.
  • Organisations with clear objectives – We will require a job description for the proposed Outdoor Learning Officer.
  • ECT Funding-Plus – Outdoor Learning Officers will have the opportunity to network with the Trust’s own Outdoor Learning Officers and benefit from CPD, skills sharing and peer mentoring.
  • Disadvantage – We will prioritise projects that focus on support for people with disadvantage. This could include disadvantage for social, physical, economic or community reasons.
What can’t we fund?
  • Individuals
  • Retrospectively
  • Local Authorities
  • Political Campaigns
  • Organisations based outside the UK
  • Sole Traders
  • Anyone who is applying on behalf of another organisation
  • Organisations without at least two unconnected people on the board or committee
  • Companies that are aimed at generating profits for private distribution
  • The promotion of religion – Faith Organisations may apply, as long as there is a clear benefit to the local community and not just to those of a particular faith.
  • Schools – Schools, nurseries, pre-schools or universities.
Application process

Applications for this grant are currently closed.