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Grants for schools and colleges

Grants for schools and colleges

COVID UPDATE: The Department for Education’s Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance, updated 31 March 2021:

  • In line with the roadmap, should step 2 commence as planned, schools can resume educational day visits no earlier than 12 April.
  • In line with the roadmap, we advise against domestic residential educational visits until at least step 3, no earlier than 17 May.

Our grants for schools and colleges are designed to:

  • connect pupils and staff with the special qualities of the National Park
  • help pupils enjoy outdoor, nature-based and real-world learning experiences in or nearby school
  • help pupils enjoy outdoor, nature-based and real-world learning experiences in the South Downs National Park
  • support curriculum-linked and health and wellbeing outcomes for pupils

Download an Application Form

Grant categories

  1. Virtual visits

All state-funded schools and colleges are eligible to apply for up to £75 towards the cost of booking a virtual session with an education provider*.

  1. In-school visits

All state-funded schools and colleges are eligible to apply for up to £250 towards the cost of booking an in-school (or nearby school) learning session with an education provider*.

  1. School trips – including transport costs*

All state-funded schools and colleges with 10% or more pupils eligible for Free School Meals, are eligible to apply for up to £750 (£250 provider and £500 transport) towards the costs of booking a school trip with an education provider*, or for a self-led visit (£500 transport only). We use the “Get information about schools service” as our data source to confirm percentage of Free School Meals.

We are currently accepting applications for visits and trips planned up to 1 September 2021. Your school can apply once in each of the three categories per academic year. Visits and trips can take place during term-time or during the school holidays.

How do I apply?

  • The fund is limited and grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. We will update our website if we are no longer accepting applications.
  • Choose a site and/or agree a provisional date with an education provider and get quotes for sessions costs and travel costs. Use our directory to help find a site or provider.
  • Complete an application form and send it to learning@southdowns.gov.uk.
  • Applications must only be made for new activities; applications will not be accepted for an already confirmed or completed booking.
  • You will be sent an email confirming the grant. After your visit, complete the evaluation form section on the application form and send it with a copy of the invoice(s) or receipt(s) to learning@southdowns.gov.uk.
  • You will then receive payment of your grant through your nominated bank account.

We recognise that:

  • increased time spent in outdoor spaces will benefit mental health and wellbeing
  • access to larger-scale landscapes like National Parks are an important part of our connection to and relationship with nature
  • pupils who participate in adventure learning interventions make approximately four additional months’ progress

The grants are administered and funded by the South Downs National Park Authority with additional funding from the South Downs National Park Trust on behalf of Our South Downs Education Network; over 100 sites, centres and providers delivering outdoor, nature-based and real-world learning for schools to support curriculum and health and wellbeing outcomes.

*The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) administers these grants to help schools connect with education sites and providers. The SDNPA bears no responsibility for the services provided by these organisations and schools are responsible for checking appropriate safety standards and liability insurance when using an outside organisation and should follow the guidance at https://www.gov.uk when planning any educational visits.

Other grants for schools

The South Downs National Park Trust offers a range of grants and competitions to help schools and young people engage with the special qualities of the National Park.

Visit their website for more information – www.southdownstrust.org.uk/schools

 

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