Grant Gets Schoolchildren Outdoors.

Qualifying schools in Swindon could benefit from funding towards getting pupils outdoors and connecting with nature. And it’s thanks to a UK charity.

Educational charity, The Ernest Cook Trust, has opened a new funding round for its popular outdoor essentials grant. Since launching in 2019 it’s now totalled more than £1million.

Thousands of pupils and hundreds of schools have benefited in the five years the grant has been running. Schools can use the money to help cover travel costs to get to natural open spaces. Or to pay for outdoor equipment like wellies and waterproofs for the children to wear. Or on improvements to school grounds.

Grant Gets Schoolchildren Outdoors - Grant Gets Schoolchildren Outdoors
Grant Gets Schoolchildren Outdoors

Benefit

Thousands of pupils and hundreds of schools have benefited in the five years the grant has been running. Schools can use the money to help cover travel costs to get to natural open spaces. Or to pay for outdoor equipment like wellies and waterproofs for the children to wear. Or on improvements to school grounds.

Qualifying primary and special schools can apply for a £500 grant, with £1,000 available for secondary schools. The charity gives priority to schools located in areas of high deprivation. Or with with pupils living in challenging circumstances. It also favours schools that regard outdoor learning and environmental engagement an important part of education.

Ed Ikin, Chief Executive of The Ernest Cook Trust, said: ‘There’s a compelling body of evidence to show that time in nature, especially time in nature when we feel connected to it, has massive mental and physical health benefits. We want to get to the point where it’s nationally understood that being in nature is a fundamental good for everybody. And that everyone deserves the chance to spend the time in nature.’

The Ernest Cook Trust is a UK-wide educational charity. It creates outdoor learning experiences for children, young people and their families. The charity does this on its own estates and with partner estates across the country. It also gives out some £3m in grants every year, to support outdoor learning activities and connecting young people to nature.

For more information about the outdoor essentials grant visit https://ernestcooktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/everything-outdoors/outdoor-essentials-grant/.



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