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2021/22 Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund - Inspiring Scotland


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2021/22 Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund


Applications are now closed for the Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund.  Funded by the Scottish Government, it aimed to support charities who provide organised outdoor play opportunities for children and families in Scotland’s most deprived communities.

In 2020-21, the fund distributed £380,000 across 23 play charities, reaching more than 5,000 children in Scotland. In 2021-22 , a total of £500,000 was provided to help 25 charities who facilitate outdoor play for children and their families.

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor play was recognized as being increasingly vital, for parents and children alike. By encouraging families to play outside together, charities can help them build confidence and resilience while enjoying the health and wellbeing benefits of time spent outdoors.

Open from Thursday 8th April, the Fund supported eligible Scottish registered charities  that deliver organised outdoor play-based opportunities for children, with a focus on reaching young people in deprived areas.

Children’s Minister Maree Todd said:

“Protecting children’s right to play has been one of the key priorities in our decision making to suppress transmission of the virus. We understand the value of outdoor play for children’s wellbeing and resilience, as well as their physical and mental health.

“Children and families from more deprived areas can often find it more difficult to access organised outdoor activities, so I’m pleased that this additional funding will help even more children play outside in a safe and fun way.”


Karen Shepherd, Play Development Officer of Aberdeen Play Forum, who were recipients of funding in 2020/21, said:

“A lot of parents told us that they and their children had been very isolated and had almost forgotten how to play and socialise with others. Many families do not have access to a garden or safe play space, so had been deprived.

“The sessions we were able to put on were welcomed as they gave safe and structured opportunities for those involved, as well as giving parents ideas to engage positively with play at home.”


Funding of £500,000 was provided by Scottish Government. Inspiring Scotland managed the fund and successful applicants had access to wider support from Inspiring Scotland’s Professional Specialist Volunteer Network.

Applications for up to £25,000 were considered, though the average award was likely to be less than this.

The deadline for applications was midday on Monday April 26th.


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