The It’s Great Out There Coalition (IGOT), an international nonprofit registered in Brussels and set up and launched by the European Outdoor Group (EOG), has announced details of the first round of #itsgreatoutthere grants for 2022. This year, the coalition will again use its Outdoor Activity Days (OAD) model to support grassroots projects across Europe that get more people active in the outdoors. Any nonprofit organization with a suitable initiative can apply for a grant. The application period starts on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 12:00 CET and ends on Friday, Feb. 28, at 23:45 CET. For detailed information about the #itsgreatoutthere grant criteria and application process, visit www.itsgreatoutthere.com/grants.

Since its inception in 2017, IGOT has supported 36 grassroots projects in eight countries, directly connecting 6,799 people to the outdoors. Launched in January 2021, the OADs are targeted physical activity programs in the outdoors that aim to get citizens active in a sustainable, inclusive, and responsible way, guided by the latest World Health Organization physical activity guidelines and delivered by outdoor experts. With the support of its members, the coalition was able to conduct 2,628 OADs in 2021 and aims to increase that number this year.

Margo de Lange, IGOT policy officer, commented, ”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 nonprofit 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. IGOT members then have the opportunity to evaluate the projects. The applicants receiving the highest score from the selection committee and members will be awarded an #itsgreatoutthere grant.

Enjoying the Peak District view with AKA thanks to support from itsgreatoutthere

Source: True Nature Project

Among the grant recipients in 2021 was True Nature Project, an initiative by the nonprofit 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 last summer, with some very positive responses from those involved.