Apply for your school’s grant to visit FSC

For over 75 years, the Field Studies Council (FSC) has shared the benefits of environmental education at our locations across the UK. 

Our charity lifts the attainment and aspirations of young people and teachers through our courses. So it’s upsetting when people face barriers to taking part. Often these barriers are financial. 

That’s why FSC offers grants to schools to help everyone access the benefits of environmental education. Over 10 years, we’ve given nearly half a million pounds to hundreds of schools.  

We give grants to school receiving pupil premium to support children who are disadvantaged and who haven’t visited FSC locations in the past five years.  

Applications close on 24th January 2022. See below for details.

The grants we provide are only possible thanks to the generosity of donors and charitable trusts. Find out more here. If you have questions, please contact: [email protected]

And thanks to feedback, our latest offers bring together and improve FSC’s past grants programme, including Bursary Fund, Kids Fund and Young Environmentalists Fund. All existing offers have been honoured. 

Read on to find out  

What grants are available? 

FSC offers grants to schools wishing to book courses at FSC Centres in the UK.  

These grants reduce the cost of a course to schools and parents for primary, secondary and/or further education courses from FSC’s existing range as published on our website

FSC grants for schools are paid over three years. The grants can support the same or different FSC courses each year. This means that your school will have financial support to arrange environmental education for multiple year groups, rather than just one, and unite school classes in shared experiences.  

FSC grants offer fixed grant amounts per school (not per class) for day or residential courses. This means your school can more easily budget for field trips. This also makes communication with parents easier knowing the grant is secured.  

The grant totals are:  

  • Day courses – £300 in year one and £150 in years 2 and 3 (£600 grant in total) 
  • Residential courses (1 or more overnight) – £1,000 in year one and £500 in years 2 and 3 (£2,000 grant in total) 

If you would like to discuss this further please contact: [email protected]

What do past grant recipients say? 

Since 2010, FSC has supported 4,788 students to experience outdoor education through our grants.  

Schools shared the positive impact from attending FSC courses  

  • 95% of schools mentioned positive health and well-being impacts, especially resilience, confidence, and teamwork.    
  • 83% said their group learned environmental knowledge, especially understanding of topics after seeing them in real life.  
  • 49% reported the positive impact on the outcome of examinations and improved curriculum success. 
  • 76% of teachers said they directly benefitted from the course, especially their improved knowledge of their subject and how to improve their own lessons.   

“The experiences allow children freedom to learn in a way that the confines and rules of the classroom cannot.”  

Primary 

“The course opened a Pandora box of new skills and strategies to further develop and pursue outdoor learning in my school”  

A-Level Biology

“They come away with a better understanding of ecological techniques and this undoubtedly improves their exam results

A-Level Biology

“This has changed their outlook about the living world around them”

Biology and Geography 

“Staff learned a great deal and are now more confident in the course delivery”

GSCE 

“One student, who planned to leave college permanently, came back to college on Monday with a completely new outlook. He said that he ‘loved it, it’s inspired me’ and that the trip helped him to ‘gain focus for what I want to do in the future’. His teachers have all mentioned what a turnaround this is.”  

Teacher

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Is your school eligible?  

FSC gives grants to welcome more people from a wider range of communities, especially those who haven’t experienced environmental education and face barriers to attending courses.  

Since we have limited funds, we award grants to schools who best meet our criteria, as below:

  • Schools and other formal education institutes in the UK which are state funded. This includes alternative provision institutions. This excludes universities. The word ‘schools’ is used as shorthand. 
  • Schools who haven’t attended a FSC course at one of our UK learning locations in the past five academic years.  
  • Schools receiving pupil premium to support children who are disadvantaged. FSC will favour applications from schools with a higher percentage of pupil premium (typically 20%+) to target those with fewer opportunities 
  • Schools wishing to book FSC’s primary, secondary or further education courses from FSC’s existing range as published on our website. This excludes non-curriculum and non-FSC led courses.  

If you have questions about eligibility please contact: [email protected]

If you’re not eligible for a grant, but would still like your school to visit FSC, please contact us about the courses we offer for primary and secondary/further education groups.

The small print  

  • FSC grants are per school, not per class group.
  • FSC grants cannot be redeemed against existing FSC bookings when any payment has been made. 
  • FSC cannot assess applications received outside of open periods or applications which don’t follow our procedures. This is to keep administration costs low so we can maximise the number of grants. 
  • FSC reserves the right to close applications early if demand considerably exceeds the available grants, so we encourage you to apply early.
  • FSC will offer grants to schools who receive the highest assessments from the information they provide and based on available funding. FSC decision is final and there is no appeals process. 
  • FSC doesn’t offer grants to cover cost of travel to the FSC delivery site, although our grants are intended to reduce the overall cost of the trip. 
  • FSC will regularly review and amend the design and timing of its grants based on feedback and available funds. 
  • FSC grants can be used alongside any off-peak prices or subsidies that FSC sometimes offer schools.

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How to apply 

FSC opens applications for grants each year when schools typically look ahead to the next academic year (and trying to avoid exam periods!).  

If you represent a school that is eligible, please apply.

The form takes about 15 minutes to complete using information we think teachers will have to hand. FSC doesn’t like unnecessary paperwork. 

Applications are open from 22nd October 2021 to midday, Monday 24th January 2022.

What happens after I apply (and if I get a grant…?) 

After applications close, FSC assesses each application using a scoring criteria. We’ll then let schools know if they were awarded a grant within four weeks of applications closing. 

Schools awarded a grant will be invited to contact the FSC’s booking team to book the first of their three annual visits for the following term or year.  

To reduce paperwork, schools will not be paid the grant into their bank account. Rather, FSC will deduct the grant total from the cost of their course, so reducing the balance of costs paid by the school. FSC’s usual booking terms and conditions will apply.  

After a school has visited FSC, we’ll help them share their story to benefit the school community and inspire others through publicity/social media. This also helps FSC share the impact of our grants. Once FSC has received feedback about the first course, schools can book then next, and same again for the third course.  

Schools not awarded a grant will invited to apply again and directed to other sources of funding.  

If you would like to ask us any questions please do contact us at: [email protected]

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What else does FSC offer? 

FSC believes in the benefits of environment education by experiencing the outdoors and related experiences online and using FSC wildlife guides.   

Our grants for schools are one type of support we offer. We also offer discounts, subsidies, scholarship, and placements; all generously funded by donors and charitable trusts.  

Find out more here