Volunteering Matters Action Earth is now open for 2020 applications.
The fund supports local volunteers and environmental groups in carrying out work in local green spaces to rebuild slowly, steadily and safely while carrying out environmental work to benefit communities across Scotland.
Any group of 15 or more volunteers can apply for awards of £250 to help make a difference outdoors through planting and habitat building projects. Volunteering Matters is especially keen to hear from projects taking place in deprived areas where there are fewer local amenities.
There is also a very limited number of £500 grants, Action Earth Enhanced Grants, for projects which primarily involve people with defined health conditions and disabilities.
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. Groups should only apply for these grants once they feel certain they can carry out their activities according to Scottish Government guidance.
Volunteering Matters recommends 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, the campaign is being extended to February 2021, which will assist groups who are looking to carry out later activities, such as winter tree planting. Projects must conclude by this time.
Action Earth grant funding is provided by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
To apply, or for further information (including guidance), please visit the Action Earth page.
Alternatively, for further information, contact Robert Henderson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org