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 £600,000 Outdoor Learning in Nature (OLIN) Fund launched in March with the aim of supporting 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, of which 16 projects (with an estimated value of £410,000) were approved for funding.  A list of successful projects is included in the press release. Summaries of each project are included as funding agreements are finalised.



Thursday 12th July, Scotland’s New Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment announced more than £600,000 of funding for Outdoor Learning. Mairi Gougeon MSP made the announcement during a visit with school children to Jupiter Artland Foundation - a sculpture park in woodland near Edinburgh.

OLIN Round 2

A second round with a budget of approximately £200,000, will open for applications on 26 September 2018. This is a more targeted round to address gaps in fulfilling the Fund priorities.  To help applicants prepare, the Round 2 Information for Applicants document is available below.

Round 2 is specifically targeted at Tier 2 activity which supports the Learning in Local Greenspace Project in the following local authority areas - Aberdeen City, City of Edinburgh, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

We invite registered charities, constituted organisations and local authorities to submit proposals that will support a minimum of 4 schools to take learning outdoors, starting in spring 2019 and ending no later than December 2020. 

We will fund up to 50% of the cash costs of the project, with funding awards from £5,000 to £35,000.  Applications that have match-funding confirmed at the time of applying will have a higher chance of funding success in Round 2 of this Fund.

Find out more

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

  • Round 2 - Information for Applicants - outlines the Fund aims, priorities and eligibility criteria, and sets out our expectations
  • Application Form and Project Finances – these documents will be available from 26 September 2018.
  • Frequently Asked Questions - answers questions raised during this round. 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.