About Us

The UK's charity to promote innovation and to support people and projects in orienteering through fund-raising activities.

The Orienteering Foundation is a registered charity, independent of British Orienteering. It was set up with money from a bequest from Bertie & Elsie Ward, and is now raising further funds, and awarding grants. The objectives are to promote the sport of orienteering in the UK through enhancement, innovation, and alleviation of hardship.

The Orienteering Foundation is built on your generosity. We welcome all donations, no matter how large or small, and there are many ways you can contribute.  See the Donate page.

Many grants have been made, for example supporting national teams at the World Schools Championships, regional squads training at home and abroad, and enhancing the Junior Home Internationals. There has been a historical focus on juniors, but we welcome grant applications for any UK projects that meet our objectives.  See the Apply for Funding page.

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News stories

Fuel the GB Team to WOC

The Orienteering Foundation is proud to be supporting a dedicated fundraising campaign to fuel the GB team at the World Orienteering Champs 2017 in Estonia.

31st May 17   Read more…


Applications to fund Scottish projects

The Orienteering Foundation has previously received a substantial donation that is ring-fenced for Scottish orienteers and Scottish orienteering only, and we are actively seeking grant applications to access these funds.

30th May 17   Read more…


Annual report for 2016

The Orienteering Foundation's annual report for calendar year 2016 has now been published PDF.

17th May 17   Read more…


Orienteering Foundation Newsletter March 2017

Our March 2017 newsletter to donors and supporters.

08th Mar 17   Read more…


Peter Palmer’s autobiography

It is just over 13 years now since Peter Palmer left us. For many orienteers, his name is synonymous with the annual Junior Team Relay. But who was he and why was he so important to Orienteering in Britain?

In his remaining years he penned an autobiography which his son, Stephen Palmer, recently found again and has generously agreed to offer it in return for donations to the Orienteering Foundation.

16th Nov 16   Read more…


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