Funding ideas for outdoor spaces

We’ve heard about a lot of different ways our schools have been fundraising for improvements to their outdoor spaces. From fundraising events to getting local businesses involved please let us know more about your fundraising ideas and we will add them to this page

There are also some grants and awards out there that you can apply for Foundation Scotland is a resource that can help you search for funding opportunities and Trellis provides detailed information about funding sources.

National Lottery Awards for All

Funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. Your outdoor space project would need to meet one of National Lottery’s Awards for All priorities and we think the two following could apply to our school grounds projects.

  • bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities

The Ernest Cook Trust Funding for environmental education projects, outdoor learning and ‘learning from the land’

There are also some opportunities to get specific things for your outdoor space.

Free trees

The Woodland Trust is giving away free trees so that every child can plant a tree in their lifetime. Another tree give away is the Tree Appeal: Trees for Schools. Both are a fantastic opportunity to create a woodland in your school grounds for future generations.

Free gardening tools

The Conservation Foundation offer free refurbished gardening tools to schools and they have a Tools Shed workshop in Edinburgh.