£2 million package of support now open for applications

A fund to help residential outdoor education centres mitigate the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has opened for applications.

Centres which are facing financial challenges can apply for funds to help with running costs and to enable staff to deliver outdoor learning in and around schools.

The fund will be administered by the charity YouthLink Scotland. Applications for essential running costs are invited between today, 23 November, and 11 December 2020. Applications for funding to support outdoor learning in and around schools are invited between 11 Jan 2021 and 5 Feb 2021.

Bruce Crawford MSP said:
‘Residential outdoor education centres play an important role in promoting physical and mental wellbeing, and ensure a varied degree of educational options for our young people. The challenges of the pandemic for such institutions has been significant, so I warmly welcome news of a new funding scheme specifically to support the sector.

‘Places such as the Dounans branch of the Scottish Outdoor Education Centre continue to provide memorable experiences for so many young people, and I’m pleased to see support funds put in place to support these organisations through COVID-19.’


Details about the fund and how to apply can be found here: https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/news/november-2020/covid-19-residential-outdoor-education-centre-recovery-fund/