The Kids Fund is part of the Field Studies Council (FSC). FSC, is the only environmental education charity dedicated solely to providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, be inspired by, and understand the natural environment. FSC Kids Fund provides financial support for groups of disadvantaged young people who would like to visit FSC centre.
FSC Kids Fund aims to:
- bring environmental understanding to disadvantaged young people by providing financial support for them to attend a course at an FSC learning location.
- help disadvantaged young people to attend an FSC course who may otherwise be excluded due to some form of disadvantage – health, mobility, deprivation or financial.
FSC Kids Fund courses are funded by donations from individuals, Trust Funds and from FSC Membership subscription. FSC staff also organise fundraising events.
Groups who meet one of the following criteria will be eligible:
- Disadvantaged young people aged 4-18 years (or up to 25 years for those with special needs).
- Voluntary youth groups (either run by voluntary leaders, managed by a voluntary organisation, a registered charity)
- School groups may apply if they are aiming to provide benefits which are additional to the statutory school curriculum or clearly show added value, depth and breadth to the taught curriculum. FSC Kids Fund will not pay for young people to attend standard curriculum-focused FSC courses.
All applicants must be based in the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Isles and Republic of Ireland.
FSC Kids Fund will pay for up to 80% of the course fee for groups of disadvantaged young people to attend a non-curriculum day or residential course at an FSC Learning Location. This includes all equipment, tuition and waterproof hire costs. Food and accommodation are included for residential courses. One free staff/adult place is provided for every 12 young people; additional adults pay 20% +VAT.
There are two types of Kids Fund course Wildlife and Environment focussing on wildlife habitats and the environment with team building activities and Eco Adventure which combines environmental and personally challenging activities. The course content will be discussed with the group and the learning location. Typical activities may include:
- Hands on investigation of life in ponds and rivers
- Catching small mammals like woodmice or shrews
- Nightwalks and use of bat detectors
- Challenge activities such as low ropes courses, natural wall climbing or raft building
- Fun activities with an environmental theme to build teamwork
- Campfires and BBQs
There are three funding rounds each year which close on 1st March, 1st June and 1st November. Applicants may apply at any time and your application will be held until the next decision round.
For more information and how to apply please click here.
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