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Apply for a 2021 Aberdeenshire Grant

In 2021 (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 these ongoing extraordinary times, we are again inviting applications for project funding that will provide educational opportunities to people in the outdoors. Helping to facilitate people learning in the outdoors is one of the most valuable things we can do, particularly after a year when many have felt constrained and contained.

Applications are now closed for this round of grants. We'll review all the applications and announce the successful applicants as soon as we can. 


We recognise that it continues to be difficult to organise anything but are hopeful that this is getting easier. We'd love to hear from you if you have plans that you believe could help more people get outside to learn something! Whether it's for groups, families, individuals or schools, if you think a grant of up to £2,000 would help you achieve it please do apply below. 

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 benefit from being in the outdoors, just as she did, and so in her memory, we are offering financial support to help this happen.

A few projects we have supported so far are listed below and might provide inspiration to anyone applying for a grant in 2021. You can see all the recipients of the last three years' of grants through the links below:

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 2021, 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 2021

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 that can be shared in our publicity materials, including on the Jo Walters Trust website and social media.
  • 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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