News & Opportunities Funding Action Earth Grant Location: ScotlandDeadline: Grants allocated on a first come, first served basis Groups of volunteers can apply for a Volunteering Matters Action Earth grant of between £50-£250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. Volunteering Matters Action Earth empowers people in Scotland to take action and improve their local environment through volunteering. Applications could include: creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds or woodlands. Local Nature Reserve (LNR) grants of up to £500 are also available for volunteer activities taking place on LNRs such as wildlife recording or protecting and enhancing biodiversity. Action Earth Enhanced Grants are also available for projects which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. Volunteering Matters 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 Applications that make a major environmental impact or involve mass participation will also be considered. Contact Robert Henderson if you wish to discuss eligibility and availability of the enhanced £500 grant - [email protected] For more information on this grant, including guidelines, useful ideas and links, visit the Volunteering Matters website.