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  • Volunteering Matters Action Earth Nature Grants

    Created: 02/05/2024
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance
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    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: They have a limited number of grants. Existing grant holders – you must let them know immediately if your project has been changed, delayed or cancelled as they can discuss alternatives with you or reallocate your unused funds to other projects.

    Who Can Apply 

    • 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 five 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.


    • 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.

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

    How To Apply 

    Click here to apply on the Volunteering Matters website. 

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