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Organised Outdoor Community Play

About the fund

The Outdoor Community Play Fund for 2021-22 has now closed.  This fund had an added focus on supporting parents and facilitating family play. Charities worked with children and their families to encourage them to play and learn together, help to improve attachments, strengthen bonds and parental confidence in supporting their children’s play. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor play is recognised as being increasingly vital, for parents and children alike.

In 2020-21, the fund distributed £380,000 across 23 play charities, reaching more than 5,000 children in Scotland. In 2021-22, a total of £500,000 was being provided to help charities who facilitate outdoor play for children and their families.

Children and families in some of the country’s most deprived areas benefitted from free organised outdoor play activities aimed at improving their health and wellbeing.


2021/2022 Latest Funding: The Charities

In 2020-21, the fund supported over 5,000 children in Scotland through 23 play charities. This round of funding has been increased from £380,000 last round, to £500,000 in 2021/22 to help charities who facilitate outdoor play for children and their families.

Please have a read of the 2021/22 Outdoor Organised Community Play portfolio project descriptions.


2020/2021 Funding: The Charities

The 20/21 Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund was launched at the end of July 2020 to support childhood health and wellbeing through outdoor play.

For 2020/21, Scottish Government wanted to support Scottish Registered Charities operating in areas of disadvantage (top 20% of SIMD) to deliver local organised community based outdoor play for children and their families.

The charities supported through the 20/21 Organised Outdoor Community Play fund were:

Outdoor play tookit

Outdoor Play has a vital role in supporting better health and well-being for children, aiding in recovery from lockdown and in building resilience.

As we build back from COVID-19, outdoor play can enable children to be more physically active, engage with friends and establish a sense of wellbeing.

Building on many of the same ideas as Thrive Outdoors’ Play Ranger project, it can be run in any community, in almost any setting.

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