Sources of Funding

At Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Centre our aim is to encourage more people to enjoy outdoor and adventurous activity more often as safely as possible. The most effective way for us to achieve this is through delivering world class instruction, specifically qualifications to the next generation of outdoor instructors.

We are aware that the cost associated with qualifying as an outdoor instructor can be high, especially for those working as volunteers, however help is at hand!

Below is a list of possible sources of funding to help you cover the cost of your qualifications. Apart from the Grangers Volunteer Fund these schemes are all managed by external organisations and therefore have their own terms and conditions. Hopefully these can help to support the cost of your qualification. It is even possible to combine some of these funds meaning your training could actually be FREE!

If you are unsure of which qualification is right for you, the best place to start is the National Governing Body delivering that award, however, as your National Outdoor Centre we are here to help and if you need any further information please feel free to contact us.

National Schemes

Individual Learning Account (ILA)

Here are all of the ILA Accredited GL Courses

What is it: A Scottish Government scheme which helps you get up to £200 towards the cost of learning something new.
Who is eligible: If you are 16 or over

– you must be ordinarily resident in Scotland.

– aged 16 years or over

– have an income of £22,000 or less, or be in receipt of a qualifying benefit

– not hold a UK degree or postgraduate qualification or overseas equivalent

– not enrolled in any form of secondary, further or higher education.

Which qualifications does it cover: ILA funding has to be applied for against a specific course and ILA Scotland have to approve the course in order for it to be eligable. As ILA specifically targets training, the assessment phase of many of the qualifications isnt covered.  We are however working hard to increase the number of available courses and should continue to check the ILA website for updates.  The funding only covers the instructional costs, therefore does not include the residential element of our courses.
How do I apply: You’ll need to complete the online application, upon which ILA will send you an application pack.  Completing this pack sets up your individual learning account.  Once your account is open you can then call us to book your course, simply quote your ILA reference number.  We will then contact ILA on your behalf who in term will send you a learning token for your training, you MUST bring this learning token with you when you attend the course.
How do I get more information: ILA Scotland have a comprehensive website with detailed information on the scheme.  You can also contact them on 0808 100 1090 to speak to one of their advisers.

SCA – UKCC Coaching Scholarships

What is it: A scheme adminstered by the Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) made possible with investment from sportscotland recognising the importance of new coaches coming into sport and the need for accessible, affordable coaching courses.

Who is eligible: Candidates must be SCA members and must be able to evidence current or planned deployment as a Paddlesport coach.

Which qualifications does it cover: The funding is only available for BCU (UKCC) courses.  Below is the detail of which courses are covered and the level of funding available for each.

  • Level 1 – 75% up to £200 (inc, L1 transer)
  • Level 2 – 50% up to £300 (inc, L2 Training or Transfer, CPD module, L2 Assessment)
  • Level 3 – 75% up to £400. (inc, Core, Intermediate modules and Discipline Specific Training or Assessment)

How do I apply: You’ll need to complete an application form and return it to the SCA as detailed on the form.  The SCA will write to you to confirm if your application has been successful and issue you with a claims form.  Turnaround time for applications is approx 10 days. Once you have received confirmation you can then book your course.  You will need to pay for your course in full, then submit your reciepts using the claim form provided.  You must complete your application PRIOR to the start of your course.
How do I get more information: The SCA has a dedicated page on its website, which has details of this and other possible funding sources.

SCA – Club Coach / Leadership Development Fund

What is it: A scheme adminstered by the Scottish Canoe Association designed for volunteer club coaches to gain the prerequisites for BCU UKCC coaching awards (all performance, safety or moderate water awards). An offer of funding may be up to 50%.

Who is eligible: Candidates must be SCA members and their application must be endorsed by an SCA Affiliated club. This is NOT available to coaches living in the Highland where an alternative fund is available (see below). Full terms and conditions are available here.

Which qualifications does it cover: The funding is only available for BCU performance and safety awards. The funding is not for coaching courses, but for gaining the awards necessary (pre-requisites) to access coach award training and assessment courses.

How do I apply: You’ll need to complete an application form and return it to the SCA as detailed on the form.  The SCA will write to you to confirm if your application has been successful and issue you with a claims form.  Turnaround time for applications is approx 10 days. Once you have received confirmation you can then book your course.  You will need to pay for your course in full, then submit your reciepts using the claim form provided.  You must complete your application PRIOR to the start of your course.
How do I get more information: The SCA has a dedicated page on its website, which has details of this and other possible funding sources.

Skills Development Scotland – Flexible Training Opportunities

What is it: Flexible Training Opportunities gives Scottish businesses with up to 100 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs. This award is only applicable for businesses (including freelances, or sole traders) and cannot be applied for by individuals working for a larger organisation.

Who is eligible: There are detailed terms and conditions but the core criteria are; employees resident in Scotland, working for a business based in Scotland that is NOT run or funded by the public sector and has less than 100 employees. Full terms and conditions are available here.

Which qualifications does it cover: The programme will provide funding for the uptake of skills that will contribute to business productivity and success. The link between this learning and business priorities must be demonstrated within the application by reference to the desired outcomes. The types of training that is eligible for support include:

• Qualifications including individual units • Master Classes • Learning based on National Occupational Standards • Industry recognised qualifications • Management and supervisory training • Workshops • Taster sessions

How do I apply: Download the Flexible Training Opportunities Application Form. Included in this document are help notes for completing the form and a rules and guidance section. Once you’ve completed the application form please save your changes and send it to the following email address: FlexibleTrainingOpportunities@sds.co.uk.  If you need assistance please call them on 0800 783 6000.

How do I get more information: Skills Development Scotland has a dedicated page on its website.

Tanya Bocking Memorial Fund

This fund has been created in Tanya’s memory to support individuals, particularly women, who have chosen a career in outdoor education but face real barriers in advancing that career, such as discrimination or low income. The fund will make a difference by paying for training and qualification courses that will enable new outdoor leaders to learn, progress and excel in helping others.

The fund expects to make five or six grants every year, of up to £1,000 each – the actual amount depends on the quantity and quality of applications received.  The fund is administered by Adventure Unlimited. Grant decisions are made by a panel of independent Trustees, family members and friends of Tanya.

Click here for details of the fund.

ELCAS (Armed Forces Personnel)

The Enhanced Learning Credit Administration Service offers funding for armed forces personnel. Glenmore Lodge is able to accept ELCAS funding for ML summer, ML winter, MIA and MIC only. The ELCAS funding shall only cover non-residential course costs. Please call if you would like further information on using your ELCAS funding.  Or for more information on ELCAS click here to visit their website

Non-Scottish Funding

Apart from the Grangers Funding (which is available to all) the funding sources above are only for those resident in Scotland.  There are a number of funds available for those living in other home nations.  Details of these are below.

Canoe England

There are a number of funds in place available through Canoe England.  As these funds are ever changing, the best course of action is to contact your local Paddlesport Development Officer.  They will have up to date information on funds available in your region.