The Ernest Cook Trust’s Outdoor Essentials Grant scheme

The Ernest Cook Trust’s Outdoor Essentials Grant scheme will award the grants to:

  • Support school travel and transport costs to outdoor learning venues, including outdoor learning centres, forest schools, countryside parks, woodlands, national parks, farm parks, farms (including city farms), coastal areas and beaches. Trips to outdoor adventure centres for outdoor activities (such as kayaking and climbing) may be considered.
  • Support schools to enhance ‘nature on the doorstep’ through improvements to school grounds or areas within their local community. The grant can also be used for the purchase of outdoor learning resources that engage young people with the environment such as bug hotels, bird boxes and mini-beast investigation kits.

Applications must be made by a member of staff employed by the school, and approved by the Head Teacher.

Multi Academy Trusts can also apply, but applications must be made by the individual schools.

This round will close to applications when sufficient grant applications have been approved.