Action Earth

We were delighted to launch our Action Earth grant giving scheme today (25 April 2018) at Castlemilk Park in Glasgow. The scheme, which is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, offers easy to access grants of up to £500 for environmental improvements across Scotland.

The first project to be awarded a 2018 Volunteering Matters Action Earth grant is ‘Bat Roost Boost in Castlemilk Park’, a joint project between Cassiltoun Housing Association and volunteersBat with learning disabilities from the ‘Help Yourself Grow’ project run by Fair Deal in South Glasgow. They will be constructing and siting 20 bat boxes, planting up special beds of insect-friendly plants to help feed the bats and conducting educational walks and recording events with trained experts.

Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants are available for any group of volunteers in Scotland carrying out practical environmental improvements and wildlife habitat creation in their local green spaces from now until November 2018.

Last year, 169 projects benefitted from Action Earth grant funding, and over 8,600 volunteers were involved in improving biodiversity in their community.  On average each volunteer gave an incredible 19 hours of their time to their project.

This year we are also offering enhanced grants to projects which significantly benefit people with defined health needs. This could include people with learning or physical disabilities, dementia, mental health conditions or other serious medical conditions.

More information is available and applications can be made now on our Action Earth page.