Grants for small, local organisations running deserving projects in local communities to break down the barriers outdoor activation.
Each year, the It’s Great Out There Coalition gives out grants to local non-profit organisations and activity providers around Europe to help Get Europe Active Outdoors. Research overwhelmingly indicates that being active outdoors makes people more healthy, both physically and mentally, promotes community feeling, and makes us more aware of the natural environment around us and thus more keen to protect it. Meanwhile, a lack of access to nature and to the experts who have the knowledge to help citizens get out there safely and responsibly for the first time, are major barriers preventing activation. By giving out grants, we aim to break down those barriers. We want to support small grass roots organisations that are working hard to help people get active outdoors within their own communities. We invite and encourage diversity, and in doing so hope to gain important insights into how we can best tackle the obstacles to activation on a European level.
Any not-for-profit organisation can apply to receive funding. Grants can be awarded to support projects that reach citizens of all ages and from any background. However, one priority we have identified is ideas that will help young people access the outdoors for the first time, particularly those who are based in the inner cities or live in circumstances that mean getting access to the hills and mountains is really difficult.