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Apply for a 2017 Aberdeenshire Grant

In 2017 (as 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 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 2017 (you can see all the recipients of the 2016 JWT Aberdeenshire Outdoor Education Grants here)

  • 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. 
  • Strathdon Primary: A grant from the Jo Walters Trust paid for outdoor learning tutors, first aid training and for the children to take part in the Adventure Service Challenge scheme, a precursor to the Duke of Edinburgh's award
  • Aberlour Trust - forest school practitioner training, £1,640: The Aberlour Trust is a Scottish children’s charity, providing help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year, The grant has paid for a staff member to undertake the Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner award through Forest Schools Scotland. The staff are now qualified to take small groups of young people into local forests, where they will get the opportunity to learn, play and explore outdoors, something many of the young people who are helped by the Aberlour Trust struggle to access but that their peers take for granted. The grant also paid for 5 sets of waterproof clothing and footwear, plus rucksacks for use in forest environments. 
  • 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 2017, 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 31st August 2017

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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