Grants of £500 are available to UK State funded Primary and Secondary Schools to enable them to get their pupils learning outdoors. UK state funded Special or Alternative Provision Schools are also eligible to apply.

During this funding round, the Ernest Cook Trust’s Outdoor Essentials Grant scheme will award the grants to support school travel and transport costs to outdoor learning venues, including outdoor learning centres, forest schools, countryside parks, woodlands, national parks, farm parks, farms (including city farms), coastal areas and beaches.

Trips to outdoor adventure centres for outdoor activities (such as kayaking and climbing) may be considered.

Priority will be given to:

  • Schools with disadvantaged pupils
  • Schools that are located in areas of high deprivation and/or have pupils who are living in challenging circumstances
  • Schools who are committed to enabling Outdoor Learning and see environmental engagement as an important part of education
  • Schools who can demonstrate that Outdoor Learning has a wider benefit to families and their local community
  • Those schools who have not received an Outdoor Essentials grant from the Trust before

Applications must be made by a member of staff employed by the school, and approved by the Head Teacher. Multi Academy Trusts can also apply, but applications must be made by the individual schools.

This round will close to applications when sufficient grant applications have been approved.