Get a Helping Hand – funding opportunities for educators and groups

This post is a living document that we’ll add to over time. Here you can find out about funding opportunities, includes grants, subsidies or waived fees.

Find funding for your projects

See the wonderful – and new! – Inspiring Fundraising Toolkit , a legacy of the Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage programme.

Thinking about embarking on an archaeology project?  Note that one of the funding priorities for Historic Environment Scotland of their Archaeology Programme Funding is ‘projects that include an education programme/activities’. Also see their handy guide Sharing our Stories. This guide is intended to help applicants applying to the Archaeology Programme Funding and gives ideas and examples of different ways groups can spread the word including events, online content, exhibitions, open days, open data, and various types of academic and other publications.

Check out these grants listed in the Outdoor Learning Directory  – and while you’re there, have a browse in the Outdoor Learning Directory  for loads of training, places, resources and events!

Need more? Foundation Scotland has a grants finder – have a browse to find funding for a whole bunch of ideas.

Need help getting to a place to visit?

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At the 2018 Scottish Learning Festival,Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, announced that schools could use their Pupil Equity Fund to pay for school trips.

Scottish schools can apply for help of up to 75% (£250) of their travel costs with the Scottish Government Heritage Education – School Visits Travel Subsidy and travel to all Historic Scotland sites, some National Trust sites and New Lanark World Heritage Site. For more information and an application form, see Historic Environment Scotland’s website.

Combine outdoor learning and heritage with a Scottish Natural Heritage’s Outdoor Learning in Nature Fund

Check the attraction’s website. Your local council may provide a grant directly to the attraction who in turn provide a fee reduction (an example of this is City of Edinburgh Council support for area schools to visit Edinburgh Zoo).


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Blog author Becca Boyde is the Youth Engagement Officer at Archaeology Scotland and coordinates the Heritage Resources Portal. Views Own. Contact: 

Archaeology Scotland 

Suite 1A, Stuart House, Eskmills, Station Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7PB tel: 0300 012 9878  Scottish Charity SC001723  Company No. 262056


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