An additional £2m to support the recovery of the outdoor education sector in Scotland
Outdoor education centers facing financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic can apply for a new £2m fund this month.
Available to private sector and third sector centres, the support will help cover running costs and enable staff to deliver more outdoor learning to schools.
The funding brings the Scottish Government’s support for the sector during the pandemic to £4.5 million.
Minister for Children and Young People, Clare Haughey, said: “For many organizations providing outdoor residential education, the pandemic has caused significant challenges and it has been a very difficult time for them.
“The experiences offered by these centers are vitally important to our children and youth.
“This extra £2million will help outdoor education centers get through what we hope will be the endgame of this pandemic.
“It will mean more opportunities for children and young people to have the engaging, rewarding and exciting outdoor educational experiences they deserve.”
Martin Davidson, of The Outward Bound Trust, said: ‘Outdoor centers warmly welcome the additional emergency funding from the Scottish Government.
“While technically outdoor residential experiences have been able to resume since August, the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to return to financial viability.
“The funding will help ensure that outdoor centers do not close and that the transformative experiences they provide remain available for future generations of young people.
The £2m funding comes on top of an initial £2m provided in early 2021 and a further £500,000 for a range of outdoor learning projects over the summer this year, bringing the Scottish Government’s total additional investment in outdoor learning to £4.5. million.