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Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund now open!

Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund now open!

Inspiring Scotland is seeking applications for the Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund, funded by the Scottish Government and set up to support children’s health and wellbeing through outdoor play.

The Scottish Government is providing £380,000 for play charities to provide organised outdoor play opportunities for children in the most deprived communities in Scotland.

Being able to play outdoors at this time is recognised as being a vital component missing for many children over the past few months, and as we come through this pandemic, play, and in particular outdoor play is a method that will enable children to be more physically active, engage with friends and improve a sense of wellbeing.  It is an aid for children in their recovery and in building their resilience.

Open from Tuesday July 14th, the Fund will support eligible Scottish registered charities delivering organised outdoor play-based opportunities for children.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“All children have a right to play, and playing outdoors is an important part of every child’s development and physical and mental wellbeing. It’s also how children learn to socialise and make and bond with friends – something that so many of them will have missed due to lockdown.

“We want to make sure that as many children as possible from the most deprived communities in Scotland are given access to the benefits that playing outside can bring. The Community Play Fund will give money to charities for organised play activities, equipment and clothing for children and young people to help as many of them as possible to get back outside, being active, meeting friends and having fun.”

Inspiring Scotland Chief Executive Celia Tennant said:

“As long standing advocates for outdoor play and learning, Inspiring Scotland is delighted to be supporting the Scottish Government to deliver the Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund. As lockdown eases it is vital that children and young people’s physical health and wellbeing is supported.

“By investing in local organisations, who can claim community spaces for children, we will create more opportunities for children to play outside. Playing outside is vital to childhood development as play enables children to share experiences, emotions and build a community with friends. We look forward to supporting more children to get outside to play and most importantly, have fun in their local spaces.”

Funding of £380,000 has been provided by Scottish Government.  Inspiring Scotland will manage the fund and successful applicants will be able to access wider support from Inspiring Scotland’s Professional Specialist Volunteer Network.

Applications for up to £25,000 will be considered, though the average award is likely to be less than this.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday July 20th.

  • Read the guidance notes here. 
  • The online application form for the fund is here.

A summary of research around outdoor play is available  summarised in Scotland’s national position statement on outdoor play and learning.

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