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Apply for a 2024 Aberdeenshire Grant


In 2024, a number of grants of up to £2,000 each will again be made available by the Jo Walters Trust to people or organisations with a strong link to Aberdeenshire. We are inviting applications for project funding that will provide educational opportunities to people in the outdoors.  


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 she 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 people like you make this happen!

Application Deadline: 7th June 2024

A few projects we have supported so far are listed below and might provide inspiration to anyone applying for a grant in 2024. You can see all the recipients of the last four 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
  • Scout Groups: in the last few years we have funded the purchase of camping equipment, archery kit, tents and funding for a trip to Switzerland for Kemnay, 1st Methlick, Westhill, 1st Kinellar Scouts and 1st Fraserburgh Scouts
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
  • Balmedie Primary School: the grant requested funds to buy a tipi and backpacks for Balmedie school to go on adventures. They have so far used this to host a talk about a husky trek and a farming talk which included live animals
Balmedie Primary School Tipi


To apply for one of the Jo Walters Trust Aberdeenshire grants in 2024, 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.



The deadline for applications is 7th June 2024

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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