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It’s Great Out There Coalition urges projects focusing on Outdoor participation to apply for 2022 grants programme.

The It’s Great Out There Coalition (IGOT) has announced details of the first round of #itsgreatoutthere grants for 2022. Once again, the coalition will support grass roots projects around Europe that will get more people active in nature, through its Outdoor Activity Days (OAD) model. Any non-profit organization with a suitable initiative can apply for a grant. Applications will open at 12:00 CET on Wednesday 26 January and close at 23:45 CET on Friday 28 February.

Since its foundation in 2017, the It’s Great Out There Coalition has supported 36 grass roots projects in eight countries, directly introducing 6,799 individuals to the outdoors. First introduced in January 2021, Outdoor Activity Days (OAD) are targeted physical activity interventions in nature, designed to get citizens active, sustainably, inclusively and responsibly. OAD are aligned to the latest World Health Organization guidelines on physical activity and are delivered by outdoor professionals, and meeting a clear set of criteria. With support from its members, the coalition was able to deliver 2,628 OAD in 2021 and aims to increase that total this year.

True Nature Project, by AKA and Equip Outdoors

Outdoor businesses supporting grassroots non-profits

Among the grant recipients in 2021 was True Nature Project, an initiative by the non-profit organization AKA – Health, Wealth and Oneness CIC, in Nottingham in the UK. AKA teamed up with coalition members Equip Outdoors to propose an ambitious plan to take young people and adults from the inner city and give them access to hiking and other activities in the Peak District, the UK’s oldest National Park. With the support of a grant, the team helped over 250 people to participate during last summer, with some very positive responses from those involved.

“Participants were from all age groups and ethnicities. Some sessions focused on teenagers, some were for families and children, and others open to all,” shared AKA in a statement.

“We had a real mix of people who got involved, with varying levels of experience. The majority had never been to the Peak District before, or any other National Park for that matter, so this was a new experience. The support of an #itsgreatoutthere grant enabled a small new organization like us to reach and introduce hundreds of people to the great outdoors who otherwise may not have gone there.”

Building on Outdoor Activity Days success

It’s Great Out There Coalition policy officer Margo de Lange is excited to launch 2022’s first round of #itsgreatoutthere grants, and plans on building upon last year’s successes:

“Aligning the grants with Outdoor Activity Days last year was very important, as it helped us to demonstrate clear and measurable results for every project that we supported. This was valuable for our members and encouraged them to work closely with non-profit organizations on projects. It also provided us with some brilliant content and evidence that we are using to influence policy development and delivery relating to active lifestyles. I urge anyone who has a project that they think might qualify for an #itsgreatoutthere grant to visit our website and get in touch.”

Grant applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by an independent selection committee and then It’s Great Out There Coalition members will be given the opportunity to rate the projects. The applications that achieve the highest combined score from the selection committee and members will be allocated #itsgreatoutthere grant funding.


About the It’s Great Out There Coalition

The It’s Great Out There Coalition is an International Non Profit Association (INPA), registered in Brussels, and set up and launched by the European Outdoor Group (EOG). Run by an executive team and non-executive board, the coalition is leading a pan-European consumer facing campaign to inspire more people to get active in the outdoors. The It’s Great Out There Coalition is funded by membership fees from some of the biggest outdoor businesses in Europe.


Photos: It’s Great Out There


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