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Apply for a 2020 Aberdeenshire Grant

In 2020 (as in previous years), a number of grants of up to £2,000 each will be made available by the Jo Walters Trust to people or organisations with a strong link to Aberdeenshire. In this extraordinary year, we are again inviting applications that will provide educational opportunities to people in the outdoors, but we recognise that a huge amount has changed, and many people are suffering in many ways. We are therefore accelerating our grant making process this year, to try to get funds to people who can make a difference in Aberdeenshire as quickly as possible.

We recognise that getting outdoors is proving very difficult in the current circumstances for some, however it can provide enormous benefits, so we want to help people achieve it in a safe way. Whether your proposal involves educational resources for families that they can use in their daily outdoor exercise, a means of bringing the outdoors indoors, or a plan to get people to the outdoors for when the lockdown becomes a little less severe, we want to hear from you!

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 physical and mental. We know she would want more people to achieve the benefits from being in the outdoors that she did, and so in her memory, we are offering financial support to help this happen.
Below are a few projects we have supported so far which might provide inspiration to anyone applying for a grant in 2019. You can see all the recipients of the last three years' of grants at the links below, though of course these are very different in nature to what is likely to be possible in 2020.

Some sample projects we have supported to date:

  • Forest schools - we funded training for staff, and the purchase of the equipment several Aberdeenshire schools (including Craigievar and Banchory-Devenick) needed to get a forest school going. The feedback we get from these schools has been extremely positive.

 craigievar primary forest school
  • Aboyne Academy Alternative Curriculum: the Jo Walters Trust paid for bike stands, expedition kit & 1st Aid kits to allow for more challenging bike trips with the pupils, as well as various tools for cycle maintenance which are also now building a soap box cartie utilising predominantly up-cycled materials. We look forward to seeing photos of their fully functioning, lean, mean soap box cartie racing machine!
Aboyne Alternative Curriculum Cycling Project copy
  • Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust: the Jo Walters Trust contributed to the cost of a rescue boat so that they could bring children from local schools out sailing throughout more of the year. 
 Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust dinghy
  • Peterhead Sea Cadets: this group needed a box trailer so that they could take equipment and cadets and do more activities. The Jo Walters Trust has funded the purchase of most of the trailer which they are already using. 
Peterhead Sea Cadets Trailer


To apply for one of the Jo Walters Trust Aberdeenshire grants in 2020, 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 for advice or with questions.


The deadline for applications is 30th June 2020

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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