Volunteering Matters Action Earth
Would a grant of £500 help your group improve your local green spaces? The Volunteering Matters Action Earth campaign launched its 2019 grant giving scheme in May. The campaign, which is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, offers easy to access grants for environmental activities across Scotland.
The first project to be awarded a Volunteering Matters Action Earth grant was ‘Our Nature Pond’ at North Edinburgh Arts. Volunteers created and planted up a new biodiversity pond in their community garden and carried out planting work across the site.
Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of £250 are available to any group of volunteers carrying out practical environmental improvements or wildlife habitat creation in their local green area. Previous projects have included wildflower meadow and pond creation, woodland renovations, shared foraging projects and the establishment of new community gardens or food growing areas. The campaign is especially keen to hear from projects whose work benefits disadvantaged communities especially in urban areas or in places with reduced local amenity.
Volunteering Matters Action Earth also offers enhanced £500 grants to projects which significantly benefit people with defined health needs. This could include people with learning or physical disabilities, dementia, mental health issues or other medical conditions.