Outdoor Learning in Nature Fund

The Outdoor Learning in Nature (OLiN) Fund is a competitive fund, with a budget of £600k that will run for 2 years. 

The Outdoor Learning in Nature (OLIN) Fund launched in March with the aim to support more young people to have regular, frequent, structured and progressive outdoor learning experiences. A total of 43 applications were received in the first round in April 2018.

Applications were assessed by relevant SNH staff and reviewed by an advisory panel including individuals from Education Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and the University of Edinburgh.

16 projects (with an estimated value of £410,000) have been approved for funding.  A list of successful projects is included in the press release. Summaries of each project will be provided once confirmed agreements are in place.

The fund is not currently open.  A second more targeted round is planned for later in the year to address gaps in fulfilling Fund priorities. Updates will be provided on this page and through social media.

Fund Priorities

Target audience - projects must be focused on young people (3-26 years) from the most deprived areas and disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are looking to support the implementation of a place-based progression model of outdoor learning based on:

  • the regular use of local parks and greenspace for outdoor learning by schools or groups
  • occasional visits to nearby countryside, forest or coast planned to complement use of the school grounds, parks and local greenspace
  • opportunities to experience some of Scotland’s 'special places' of national and international importance for their nature or landscape.

The greatest priority for our funding will be outdoor learning activity involving the regular use of local parks and greenspace for outdoor learning by schools or groups and which supports one or more of the following:

  1. Learning in Local Greenspace Project
  2. Embedding the use of Beyond Your Boundary more generally
  3. Work with disadvantaged young people outwith the school setting.

Find out more

To find out more about the fund you should read the following resources:

  • Application Form and Project Finances – these documents are currently unavailable as the funding round has closed.
  • Frequently Asked Questions – answers questions raised during the initial application round.  We will continue to update this document as appropriate.  If you have a question, please email: and we’ll get back in touch with our response. We’ll also update the FAQs to keep others informed.