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Awarding funds thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery

Alternative funding opportunity 

What do bird boxes, bee hotels, insect DNA testing kits, and nature experts all have in common? They’re all available for free to schools as part of Learning through Landscapes’ Local School Nature Grants scheme.

Supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, this Partnership Award Programme gives schools and early year settings across England, Scotland and Wales access to £500 of outdoor learning equipment as well as 2 hours of free, expert-led training for up to 30 staff.

Since their launch in 2017, Local School Nature Grants have helped nearly 2,500 schools to improve their outdoor learning provision, enabling thousands more children to profit from time in nature.

Last year saw their biggest year yet: the scheme awarded 625 grants, trained over 5,600 teachers, educators and support staff, and received more than 6,500 applications. An approximate 150,000 children will benefit from improved outdoor learning provision as a result of 2021’s Local School Nature Grants.

“We have seen that due to Covid and lockdown restrictions, some of our children have developed issues with their well-being. As such, we wish to develop our curriculum, including the outdoors to help tackle some of these issues and develop the children's experiences. Our trainer gave us some great ideas, activities and tips to help us with children's learning in the environment. We hope to see the children growing in confidence as a result.” – Early Years Leader at a recipient school, Birmingham

Following the popularity of last year’s grants, a total of 900 grants will be available to schools and early year settings across England, Scotland and Wales in 2022.

Applications for Round One will open on 22 March. For further information, please visit https://www.ltl.org.uk/projects/local-school-nature-grants/

Please note that the programme is entirely administered by Learning through Landscapes, and any further enquiries should be directed to lsng@ltl.org.uk or 01962 392939.