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Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund open for applications

Thanks to a generous donation from a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, inspiring Scotland have established a new Fund to offer seed-corn investment to develop innovative approaches for the creation of a new generation of outdoor early learning and childcare (ELC) settings.

Funding will be available for 12 to 18 months to support the establishment of new outdoor ELC settings.

This Fund is intended to target areas of very high deprivation where there is a clear need for ELC provision.

Please note that only existing charities that are currently social enterprises or who plan to become social enterprises in the course of the funding year are eligible to apply.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 12 July 2019.

Inspiring Scotland want to support those making an application and we invite those who are considering applying to register their interest with us by e-mail to – questions can also be submitted to Jo and we will circulate questions and answers to all those who have registered on 29 June and if further questions are submitted thereafter, we will circulate the answers to those on 5 July.

A Performance Advisor will be available for one to one discussion about your application if required by telephone from 24 June to 10 July, by arrangement with Jo.

Considering the specificity of the eligibility criteria, you must read the guidance notes before beginning your application.

You can apply to Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund here.

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