Grangers Volunteers Programme

If you are a volunteer in Scotland working for a group that venture into the outdoors and your group would benefit from you gaining one of the UK’s instructor / leader qualifications, you could benefit from our special volunteers fund.

The scheme helps to recognise the good work that Scotland’s volunteer sector undertakes and how important this is in helping people to access outdoor activity. Over 150 people have benefited from the scheme and this year we are keen to add to that number. If you work for free, helping guide or coach others on courses or events that are provided to them free of charge then the Grangers Volunteer Fund can help support you.

Grangers annually donate money to the scheme as part of their Community Trust Programme which aims to sustain and support responsible outdoor enterprises, Glenmore Lodge then match this funding. This partnership enables us to offer volunteers the chance to reducing the price of instruction and therefore helping to increase participation in the outdoors, particularly, (but not specifically), within those groups with barriers to experiencing the outdoors.

Simply complete appropriate form and once we have completed a few checks and contacted your referee; we will allocate a level of funding appropriate to your request. This could be anything from 10% to 50% of the total course cost.

We will ask every applicant who receives funding to provide us with details of your organisation, a report of how the funding and subsequent qualification will support your group along with photos (where possible). This helps us to further promote the scheme and enables us to provide Grangers, who jointly fund the project evidence of the great work the scheme enables. Failure to provide this will mean any future applications from you or your organisation will be declined.


How to apply

As a huge number of applications involve those helping to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh award we have allocated them specific funding. All applications involving the Duke of Edinburgh award should be emailed to:

Peter Moir Tel: 0131 3430920 /

All other applications should be sent to

Grangers Fund Applications Tel: 01479 861256 /

Usually we cannot accept any applications other than via the official form on our website. There is no specific deadline for applications as they will be considered all year round.

Download Application Form

Please click here to download the Application Form

Quotes from previous students

Duke of Edinburgh – Jackie Young ‘We need more leaders to cater for the number of kids that want to go out on expeditions. This is a brilliant course. Fantastic instructors and place to come. I know that I am in touch with about 200 youngsters each year. This will really help me do a better job. Brilliant.’

Sea Cadets ‘This week has been fantastic value for money. Coaches are brilliant . If we don’t get these qualifications, the kids don’t get the opportunities. It is as simple as that.’

Other Possible Sources of Funding

We have identified a number of other sources of funding, some of these can even be ‘doubled’ up to make the cost of your qualification even less, please click here to see our ‘Sources of Funding’ page