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Volunteering Matters Action Earth Grants

Funding available: up to £250

Applications close: 30/09/2024

About this fund

In 2024 Volunteering Matters Action Earth will be offering grants to help urban communities to respond to our nature and climate crises. Funded by NatureScot, these nature grants support volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in practical outdoor activities in Scotland’s cities, towns and villages.

Any group of volunteers in urban areas are able to apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth nature grants of between £50 and £250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces in built-up places and centres of population and their surroundings.

Activities should emphasise local nature enrichment and biodiversity improvements. This could include creating or improving community gardens, shared spaces, wildflower meadows, ponds and wetlands, community woodlands and building other wildlife habitats.

Please note that we cannot support applications for activities which are primarily about food growing.

Projects must be completed by January 31st 2025. Action Earth grant funding is provided by NatureScot.

We prioritise applications from volunteer groups that do any of the following:

– Work in areas where there is substantial social or economic deprivation
– Improve and develop the health and wellbeing of their local community
– Involve disabled people, vulnerable people or those at risk of exclusion
– Encourage and involve people under 26 in practical outdoor conservation
– We welcome applications that make major environmental impacts and/or involve mass participation.

Type of activities that qualify for a grant:
– The project must involve practical outdoor activity by volunteers in Scotland. They should make environmental improvements to urban green spaces – planting projects, wildlife habitat creation etc
– A minimum of 15 volunteers must be involved in the project, each giving at least 5 hours of volunteering time
– Sites to be worked on must be accessible to the general public
Plants, tools, materials and volunteer expenses can be claimed
– You MUST use non-peat compost if this is one of your purchases and our strong recommendation is to plant native species only.

What we are unable to fund:
– Projects in remote rural settings (unless involving disabled people/defined health groups or in areas of multiple deprivation)
– Activities which are primarily about food growing
– Staff time or sessional workers wages, accommodation, cameras or large pieces of equipment (lawnmowers, power tools etc), fuel costs or compost that is not ‘peat-free’
– Any project taking place on school grounds.

Looking for support with funding?

Identifying funding opportunities and writing grant applications can seem overwhelming, especially when the future sustainability of your group is dependent on gaining funding support. 

Our supportive Funding Officer, Claire Shaw, can help your organisation with every step of the funding application process, from carrying out funding searches to proofreading your application.

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Volunteering Matters Action Earth Grants

Volunteering Matters

Funding available: up to £250

Applications close: 30/09/2024

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