GRANT: Community Forest and Woodland Outreach

The aim of this grant is to increase and help sustain community forest and woodland outreach activities being delivered to school children, particularly those in disadvantaged areas, to benefit their mental health & wellbeing, engagement with school and other programme outcomes.

The Community Forest and Woodland Outreach Project is one of three projects being commissioned under The Children and Nature Programme. The Children and Nature Programme is a key commitment within the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and aims to support children to have better access to natural environments to benefit their health and wellbeing, particularly those children who attend schools with a high proportion of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium. The Children and Nature Programme is funded by the Department of Education and supported by Defra and Natural England who are administering and managing the grants. Grants have recently been awarded to two consortia to deliver the Nature Friendly School and Growing Care Farming Projects.

For the full project information visit Defra's Bravo pages

Grant outline:

  • Total budget available £919,784
  • The minimum threshold for grant applications is £150,000
  • Up to 5 grants may be awarded
  • A 4-year grant period 2019 - 2023
  • Focus is on supporting and testing delivery models that are effective in working with eligible schools, and/or Special Schools and/or Alternative Provision Institutions to deliver community forest and woodland outreach, and for that outreach to have been designed specifically to support delivery of programmes outcomes and to help sustain the use of community forests and woodlands beyond the life of the project.
  • Applications can be targeted at a local, area, regional or multi-regional/England-wide basis


Natural England will be hosting a webinar on Thursday 14th March, 10am-12pm to share a project overview and offer the opportunity to ask any clarification questions.

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