Scotland: New funding phase for Outdoor Learning – ‘OLiN’

websiteMairi Gougeon MSP, Scotland’s New Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment has announced a second phase for Outdoor Learning in Nature (OLiN) during a visit with school children to Jupiter Artland Foundation – a sculpture park in woodland near Edinburgh, with Application Form and Project Finances documents available from 26 September.

Scottish National Heritage (SNH) writes:

We will launch round two of the Outdoor Learning in Nature Fund in September, with a budget of £200,000. The money will enable more young people to have regular, frequent and structured lessons outside the classroom. Round two is specifically targeted at activities that support the Learning in Local Greenspace Project in nine local authority areas across Scotland.

The £600,000 Outdoor Learning in Nature (OLIN) Fund launched in March with the aim of supporting more young people to have regular, frequent, structured and progressive outdoor learning experiences. A total of 43 applications were received in the first round in April 2018, of which 16 projects (with an estimated value of £410,000) were approved for funding.  A list of successful projects is included in the press release. Summaries of each project are included as funding agreements are finalised.

A second round with a budget of approximately £200,000, will open for applications on 26 September 2018. This is a more targeted round to address gaps in fulfilling the Fund priorities.  To help applicants prepare, the Round 2 Information for Applicants document is available below.

Round 2 is specifically targeted at Tier 2 activity which supports the Learning in Local Greenspace Project in the following local authority areas – Aberdeen City, City of Edinburgh, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

SNH invite registered charities, constituted organisations and local authorities to submit proposals that will support a minimum of 4 schools to take learning outdoors, starting in spring 2019 and ending no later than December 2020.  SNH will fund up to 50% of the cash costs of the project, with funding awards from £5,000 to £35,000.  Applications that have match-funding confirmed at the time of applying will have a higher chance of funding success in Round 2 of this Fund.

To find out more about the fund you should read the following resources:

  • Round 2 – Information for Applicants – outlines the Fund aims, priorities and eligibility criteria, and sets out our expectations
  • Application Form and Project Finances – these documents will be available from 26 September 2018.
  • SNH Standard Terms and Conditions of Funding – you need to read and accept these conditions when you apply.
  • Guidance for Applicants – How to acknowledge our support for your project
  • SNH funding and local authorities – our policy

If you have a question, please email: grants@nature.scot and we’ll get back in touch with our response. We’ll make these questions and answers available via this web page to keep others informed.

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