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Apply for a 2016 Aberdeenshire Grant

In 2016, a number of grants of up to £2,000 each will be made available by the Jo Walters Trust for people or organisations with a strong link to Aberdeenshire. This year, the trust is inviting applications that will provide educational opportunities to people in the outdoors. 

We are calling for applications for outdoor educational projects as we have had some big successes in this area in the past and would like to help more projects that seek to educate using the outdoors. From the outward bound expeditions she did at school, to sailing adventures and her time in the OTC doing army training, Jo Walters was the product of plenty of time outdoors and believed it had huge benefits, both phyiscal and mental. We believe she would want more people to get the benefits that she did and so are keen to offer finance to help this happen. 

A few projects we have supported so far that might provide inspiration to anyone applying for a grant are as follows:

  • craigievar primary forest schoolCraigievar Primary forest school - we funded the purchase of the equipment the school needed to get this going. Since they bought the equipment all pupils regularly spend time in the woods around Craigievar as part of their school curriculum. 
  • Skillforce: We gave £2,000 for a SkillForce programme of activities, awards and qualifications for 15 young people in S3 at the Gordon Schools in Huntly. This built their skills, confidence and self-esteem. As part of the SkillForce back on track programme, the children were` encouraged to be aware of, and take responsibility for, the natural environment, navigate the countryside and demonstrate knowledge of the Countryside Code. They include the Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze), the National Navigation Scheme Award and a week of adventure activities set to the skills and confidence levels of the young people.
  • Outward Bound Trust: while Ayrshire, not Aberdeenshire based, this grant took children from James Hamilton academy in Kilmarnock to Loch Eil for an outward bound week-end. One of the students, Stuart, 13, said afterwards '[WHEN I HAD CLIMBED BEN NEVIS, I FELT] HAPPY, SO HAPPY [AND] PROUD.

James Hamilton Academy Outward Bound Trust Kayakers

To apply for one of the Jo Walters Trust Aberdeenshire grants in 2016, please fill in answers to the questions below. Do take your time to fill it in, and perhaps gather all the information elsewhere before filling it in here. We're keen to help you to apply, so if you have any questions do feel free to contact lucy@jowalterstrust.org.uk for advice or with questions.

Deadline:

The deadline for applications is 31st August 2016

Terms and Conditions:

Applicants must:

  • Show that their project will provide education in the outdoors
  • Have a strong connection to Aberdeenshire to qualify for the grant.
  • Show why the money is required to complete the project
  • Be willing to fund-raise up to half the amount required themselves.
  • Show a full breakdown of how the money will be spent.
  • Be willing to write a report of the project afterwards, ideally including photographs and video footage.
  • Be willing to come and speak on behalf of the trust to generate interest for future grants/fundraising events.

The Trust's decision as to who will receive the grants is final.

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