Environmental grants for volunteer groups

Teenagers with nets pond dipping
Lisa Paton

Action Earth 2021 is open for applications now.

Volunteering Matters is offering easy to access environmental grants to help local communities tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. Funded by NatureScot, these grants support volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in practical outdoor activities.

Any group of volunteers are able to apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands or other wildlife habitats.

In 2021 they are also offering a limited number of Action Earth Enhanced Grants up to £500 for projects which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. These grants are available to projects where a minimum of 50% of the volunteers involved will have defined health issues.

For full details and to apply, visit the Volunteering Matters website.