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Apply for a 2018 Aberdeenshire Grant

In 2018 (as in 2017 and 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 again 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 physical and mental. We know she would want more people to get the benefits from the outdoors 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 2018. You can see all the recipients of the last two years' of grants at the links below:

Some sample projects we have supported to date:

craigievar primary forest school
  • Forest schools - we funded 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.

  • 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. 
  • 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. The boat, below, is ready and they'll be up and running from the 20th of May.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 2018, 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 2018

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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