Community Travel Grant.

There is a real therapeutic value to be found in the outdoors for those suffering from, for example, mental illness, but many charitable groups face practical problems in getting started. Scottish Natural Heritage has provided a grant, managed by the Buchan Countryside Group, to help Community and Voluntary groups get their clients to places like nature reserves where somebody can provide an introduction to the outdoors.
With the confidence that comes from a “taster” like this, many groups and individuals go on to explore and enjoy the outdoors on their own door step.

How does it work?

The grant provides up to half the cost of travel (e.g. bus hire) to help Community and Voluntary groups in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Moray, and the Cairngorms National Park Authority Area get their clients to a local site where there are facilities and/or opportunities for enjoying the natural heritage.

This grant is explicitly targeted at groups which support people with special needs or groups which are frequently excluded from enjoying the natural heritage and the outdoors because of factors of social or economic exclusion. As such, it aims to support the Scottish government’s aspiration for a greener, fairer and healthier Scotland.

Many suitable sites will have Ranger services or other staff who can help you enjoy your visit by letting you know more about the site and what you can see or do there. If you know someone else (such as a local expert) who can provide such a role, that is also acceptable. The award of a grant is dependent on your having a suitably knowledgeable person to welcome/lead your group on the site. Our Where to Go pages may give you some ideas!

CRITERIA FOR OFFERING GRANTS - DEFINITIONS

Amount of grant: grants offered (and reimbursements made) will be based on travel costs before VAT. If the cost is higher than the quoted price, payment will be 50% of the quoted price. If the cost is lower than the quote, 50% of the actual price will be reimbursed.

Evaluation: SNH monitors all of its grants and if your application is successful you will be asked to complete a short evaluation form. Payment of the grant is conditional on the evaluation form being completed.

Payment: payment will normally be by cheque, in reimbursement. Cheques cannot be made out to individuals, but if the group does not have a bank account or there is significant hardship in meeting the entire cost prior to reimbursement, it may be possible to provide a cheque made out to the bus company once an invoice is received.

GRANTS CANNOT BE OFFERED RETROSPECTIVELY (THE GRANT APPLICATION FORM MUST BE FILLED IN AND ASSISTANCE OFFERED BEFORE THE VISIT)

If you are in any doubt, please contact the Buchan Countryside Group to discuss your application.
e-mail: BuchanCG@gmail.com

Download an application form.
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