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Applying for an #itsgreatoutthere grant

As part of our work, the It’s Great Out There Coalition awards grants to deserving projects that share our core objective to ‘Get Europe Active Outdoors’.

Any non-profit organisation can apply for an #itsgreatoutthere grant. The grants will be given to initiatives that focus on grass roots projects, which have primarily been developed to take new participants into the outdoors.

We encourage potential applicants to team up with partners from the outdoor industry such as brands, retailers and activity providers, especially those who are already members of the coalition (you can find details of all coalition members here). We are also keen to see applications that can secure match funding from other organisations, which can help initiatives be more viable and sustainable, and engage with a larger number of people.

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.

The It’s Great Out There Coalition awards grants of between €1,000 and €5,000 (with a limit of one grant per organisation), and projects that can demonstrate sustainability and will keep operating after the funding period are particularly encouraged.

While we have to set out criteria and there are limitations on what an #itsgreatoutthere grant can support, we are very open to a wide range of ideas. We’re happy to hear about any project that will encourage and inspire more people to get active outdoors.

So, if you are developing a project, or would like to, please fill in the application form, email us at info@itsgreatoutthere.com or use the contact form at itsgreatoutthere.com/contact!

Case Studies

  • 08 Jan Outdoor with TERNUA and #itsgreatoutthere by CREPS

    For several years now, the CREPS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Vallon Pont d'Arc has been making outdoor activities more accessible to young people who do not engage in physical activity, are lost on the education system, looking for work, and often in social difficulties, aged 16 to 25 years. The activities aimed to achieve this goal, highlight the benefits both on mental and physical health of outdoor activities and focus on the transferable skills required to enter the world of work take place naturally: effort, surpassing oneself, risk taking. The main objective of the action "IGOT Outdoor with TERNUA by CREPS" Project to activate youth in the south of France is to engage young people in outdoor action enabling them to leave behind their daily worries and to live a unique experience, immersed in the heart of nature....

  • 20 Nov Free to be Kids – growing children’s emotional health

    On the 6th of may 2019 eleven students of the SMaC school embarked with their educators and some volunteers in a 5-day bicycle journey in the Wachau region of Austria. Starting from the medieval town of Melk, the group followed the course of the Danube river for 120 km, sleeping in Tulln and Krems am der Donau, before reaching Vienna for the final stay....

  • 11 Sep Skills for Living

    We run a service called Skills for Living, for Care experienced Young people aged 16-24. These are vulnerable young people whom usually struggle mentally and social, we therefore work with them around their mental health, relationships and emotional anxiety. We work with them over a long period of time to try and build trust and the relationship as they rarely trust anyone. We try and look for ways to help their confidence and self-esteem as well as building resilience within them. ...

  • 05 Sep HEALING NATURE: CYCLING ALONG THE DANUBE RIVER – School on Wheels

    On the 6th of may 2019 eleven students of the SMaC school embarked with their educators and some volunteers in a 5-day bicycle journey in the Wachau region of Austria. Starting from the medieval town of Melk, the group followed the course of the Danube river for 120 km, sleeping in Tulln and Krems am der Donau, before reaching Vienna for the final stay....

  • 29 Aug 11 students, 15 days, one goal: Crossing the Pyrenees

    The challenge is on. The group is on their way to Barcelona. First challenge: Finding cheap accommodation in a big city. Result: Building up camp in a park in the outskirts (special allowance by the police!!) after walking around for four hours, buying gas for cooking and searching for a good place to sleep. That was a tough start. Everybody is really tired. We don’t mind the ants crawling, the dogs barking in the distance and the rustling noises in the bushes near by. All we want is to sleep....

  • 01 Nov EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY TO DISCOVER THE JOY OF MOVEMENT

    Hundreds of young people from a school in eastern England are enjoying new experiences in the outdoors thanks to the award of an #itsgreatoutthere grant. Over 400 students, including 128 who had never been on the water before, have already been canoeing in boats that were purchased using the grant, led by Dom Brister from Stamford Welland Academy in Lincolnshire, part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust. Thousands more will be given the chance to explore the outdoors in the canoes in the coming years, learning a wide range of new skills in the process....

  • 16 Oct Stamford Welland Academy

    Hundreds of young people from a school in eastern England are enjoying new experiences in the outdoors thanks to the award of an #itsgreatoutthere grant. Over 400 students, including 128 who had never been on the water before, have already been canoeing in boats that were purchased using the grant, led by Dom Brister from Stamford Welland Academy in Lincolnshire, part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust. Thousands more will be given the chance to explore the outdoors in the canoes in the coming years, learning a wide range of new skills in the process....

  • 31 Aug New #itsgreatoutthere grant for Rosendale school

    The It’s Great Out There Coalition has confirmed that the next #itsgreatoutthere grant will be awarded to a collaboration between Finnish children’s outdoor brand Reima and an inner city primary school in London. The grant will help the two partners run a project designed to create a culture of being more active among young people and those with whom they interact....

  • 30 Jul De Buurtcamping

    The It’s Great Out There Coalition has awarded its seventh #itsgreatoutthere grant to a Dutch project called De Buurtcamping. The initiative is designed to unify local communities and provide opportunities for those living on low incomes to have a holiday, by giving them outdoor experiences in campsites set up in city parks. The #itsgreatoutthere grant is helping De Buurtcamping engage with local sports companies and activity providers to host a range of activities within the camps over the summer months....

  • 11 Jun 37 pupils are travelling by bike through the Netherlands

    The 37 pupils of class 7b from the „Freie Waldorfschule am Kräherwald e.V.“ are travelling by bike through the Netherlands. For two weeks the girls and boys discover cities and the landscape of Holland, sleep in tents and will have to resist wind and weather. They will do something they would never do on their own – but as a group they will reach their goal and share a great experience together. Hopefully it will inspire them to make this way of travelling an option for future holiday activities as well as outdoor activities in general....

  • 07 Jun It’s Great Out There: FMM Big Mountain Clean Up

    Every year on the first saturday of June, FFM (Madrilenian federation of mountaineering), convene the mountaineers from Madrid to share a day in nature....

  • 05 Jun It’s Great Out There: School on Wheels expedition up the Danube river

    Adventures take many forms, and can have a different purpose and meaning to every person that takes part....

  • 20 Oct Crossing The Alps with a school class

    Thirteen Teenagers From Northern Germany Accomplished A Huge Challenge This Summer...