Outdoor Learning Wales Project Fund

OLW Network Groups are invited to submit expressions of interest to deliver projects which support outdoor learning and highlight the need to sustainably manage the natural resources in their local area.

All projects must deliver the overall aims and objectives of OLW.

Funding limits are set annually by Natural Resources Wales and Field Studies Council, and the scheme operates as a challenge fund.

OLW network groups can apply for funding on the proviso that they have met their annual obligations: providing a signed constitution, completing and returning the group’s administration form. Failure to provide the documents on request will result in the group being unable to access the Project Fund.

Small Projects

Each network group can apply annually for £200 to deliver a Small Project, which could include shared resources, small events, skill shares and CPD, group running costs, etc.
Download the Small Project form here.

Themed Project

Where funding allows, each network group can apply to deliver a project around a pre-chosen theme or topic.
Information on amount and theme will be made available via the website, Facebook group, Twitter feed and monthly bulletin.
Download the Themed Project form here.

Large Project

The Large Project can only be applied for during an application window:
Set windows are 1st February and 1st October annually. Additional windows will be advertised via the website, Facebook group, Twitter feed and monthly bulletin.
Projects must deliver against the aim and objectives of OLW, have been discussed and agreed at 2 network group meetings, involve and be fully supported by the membership of the group.

Downloadable Aim and Objectives

Projects must be discussed with the allocated local NRW support staff and the OLW Coordinator once the group has developed their ideas to the point of application.
Please use the documents below to focus your ideas before completing the application form.

Download the Large Project Guidance Notes here
Download the Large Project Planning and Assessment Toolkit here

The OLW Coordinator should be notified that you are planning to submit a project at least 2 weeks before the application window closes to allow time for feedback.
If the project does not meet the expected requirements, OLW reserves the right to refuse the project at this stage.

Network groups can use this printable Large Project form to aid planning but the final application must be submitted online via the network group’s own OLW website page. You can work on the details of your project application until you press the submit button.                         

Once the application form has been submitted it will be sent for consideration to the assessment panel. The panel consists of NRW staff, Forestry Commission Scotland and a guest assessor from the Real World Learning Cymru Partnership. It is possible that the panel will have further questions about the project, which you will have time to answer before a final decision is made. Decisions should be made within 1 month.

Successful applications will be notified by emailed letter.
Next Steps documents will be emailed to the project leader.

Download Successful Project Next Steps here
Download Project Invoice Template here
Download Press Release Template here

During the lifetime of the project, the project lead is required to keep accounts showing details of the spending along with all receipts. The project lead must ensure all financial information is passed to the group treasurer on project completion. All projects must be delivered within 6 months of the project start date as per the application form.                                                                                                                                                     

The project lead is required to complete a report on the delivery and outcomes of the project. If the project has not been completed within 6 months, a short interim report will be required. Failure to comply can result in the network group being excluded from future project delivery. OLW reserves the right to ask for the return of any underspends once the project has been completed.       

Download the Final Project Report here