Field Studies Council Kids Fund

Status: Open for applications


The Kids Fund is part of the Field Studies Council which is the only environmental education charity dedicated solely to providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore and understand the natural environment.


Maximum Value:£ 3,000

Value Notes

The 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.

Extended Description

The FSC Kids Fund Grant is provided and administered by The Field Studies Council (FSC) and is available for TSOs active in the UK.

The scheme is intended to support charitable organisations undertaking projects involving education about the environment for disadvantaged young people.

The scheme aims to bring environmental understanding to all by funding the costs of attending a course at an FSC centre.

Latest Information

There are three funding rounds each year which close on 1 March, 1 June and 1 November.

Applications can be made at any time and will be held until the next decision round.

Key Criteria

Groups who meet one of the following criteria will be eligible:

  • Disadvantaged young people aged 8-18 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.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is awarded towards the cost of a FSC Environmental Learning or Environmental Activity course for disadvantaged young people.

The course content will be discussed with the group and the learning location. Course content could 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.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must provide details of any additional funding, as it will affect the outcome of an application.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Groups attending standard curriculum focused FSC courses.
  • Courses at to non FSC Learning Locations.
  • Groups of less than ten young people.
  • Transport costs to the FSC Centre for residential courses. If exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated the fund may consider a contribution towards the transport costs for day visits.
  • Individuals wishing to visit an FSC Centre.
  • Groups of people aged under 8 or over 18 years (the age limit for young people with special needs is 25 years).
  • Personal equipment needed on the course, such as clothing, daysacks, snacks, toiletries.
  • Courses booked through special offers or promotions.

Application Procedure

Applications are made by submitting an application form.

Decisions are made in February, June and October.

Successful applicants will be contacted by telephone or letter to discuss further details about courses being attended.

Contact The Field Studies Council for more information.


Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site - please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Kids Fund The Field Studies Council
FSC Head Office
Preston Montford
Montford Bridge
Telephone:01743 852100

Please see the website for more details