Volunteering Matters Action Earth is now accepting applications for 2020.
We will support local volunteers and environmental groups in carrying out work in local green spaces to rebuild slowly, steadily and safely while carrying out essential environmental work that benefits communities across Scotland.
Any group of 15 or more volunteers can apply for our £250 awards to help make a difference outdoors through planting and habitat building projects. We are especially keen to hear from projects taking place in deprived areas where there are fewer local amenities. We also have a very limited number of £500 grants for projects which primarily involve people with defined health conditions and disabilities (outlined on our website).
Successful applicants will be expected to observe any current or developing guidelines and recommendations around Covid-19, and put the safety of their volunteers and staff first. You should only apply for our grants once you feel certain you can carry out your activities according to Scottish Government guidance.
We recommend projects start small, planning events by breaking activities into smaller manageable groups and tasks and where possible spreading activities over a longer timescale. This will aid with distancing measures and tool-sharing practicalities. To help further, we are extending the campaign to February 2021, which will assist groups who are looking to carry out later activities such as winter tree planting.
Action Earth grant funding is provided by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
For more information and to APPLY for an Action Earth grant, please follow the link here.