Grants for schools and colleges
09.05.22 update. We are currently accepting applications in all grant categories for activities planned to take place up to 31 March 2023. Download a School Grants Application Form and Subscribe to our mailing list to make sure you are kept up to date with news about our grants programme and news from across the National Park learning network.
Our grants for schools and colleges are designed to
- connect pupils and staff with the special qualities of the National Park,
- through outdoor, nature-based and real-world learning experiences in or nearby school, or in the South Downs National Park,
- that support curriculum-linked and/or health and wellbeing outcomes for pupils.
- 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*.
- 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*.
- 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.
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?
- Choose a site and/or agree a provisional date with a learning provider and get quotes for session costs and travel costs. Use our directory to help find a site or provider.
- Plan your transport for school trips. Think sustainable. Your travel claim can include additional staff costs to support bike rides or walks.
- Download a School Grants Application Form.
- Applications must only be made for new activities; applications will not be accepted for an already confirmed or completed booking.
- Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be sent an email confirming the grant if your application is successful. We aim to respond within five working days.
- After your visit or trip, complete the evaluation form section (page 2 on the application form) and send it with a copy of the invoice(s) or receipt(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 the South Downs Learning 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.
The South Downs National Park Trust offers a range of grants and competitions to help schools, colleges and young people engage with the special qualities of the National Park.
Visit their website for more information – www.southdownstrust.org.uk/schools