In 2021 Volunteering Matters Action Earth is offering grants to help local communities to respond to climate change. 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.
Any successful grant award will be issued on the condition that planned projects are carried out in line with Scottish and UK Government guidance and policy around COVID-19 at all times. They also recommended a gradual build-up of project activities, spread across smaller groups and activities and over longer periods than usual. Projects must be complete by by January 31st 2022.
Volunteering Matters Action Earth will prioritise applications from volunteer groups who 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 also welcome applications that make a major environmental impact or involve mass participation.
Action Earth grant funding is provided by NatureScot