Key Facts

  • Easy to access environmental grant scheme for Scotland
  • Action Earth grant funding is provided by Scottish Natural Heritage

Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2019 is now open for applications!

Volunteering Matters Action Earth empowers people in Scotland to take action and improve their local environment through volunteering.

Any group of volunteers can apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmentaxl activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds or woodlands.

We can also offer Action Earth Enhanced Grants 2019 up to £500 for projects which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. Contact Robert Henderson if you wish to discuss eligibility and availability of this enhanced level grant.

We 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

We also consider applications that make a major environmental impact or involve mass participation.





Action Earth grant funding is provided by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

LOOKING FOR SOME INSPIRATION FOR YOUR PROJECT? Take a look at our Action Earth Ideas and Links page

Butterflies and bloom event planting smith c 2015 07 22WHAT TYPE OF ACTIVITIES QUALITY FOR A GRANT?

  • Project must involve practical outdoor activity in Scotland
  • Make improvements to local green spaces – planting projects, wildlife habitat creation etc.
  • At least 15 volunteers must be involved, giving a minimum of 5 hours each
  • Sites to be worked on must be accessible to the general public
  • Plants, tools, materials and volunteers expenses can be claimed

We are not able to fund:

Fuel costs, staff time or wages, accommodation, cameras, or large pieces of equipment (lawnmowers, power tools etc.)

We cannot fund any projects on school grounds.


Projects pay costs upfront and then claim back from us by sending in receipts, feedback forms and a grant claim form within 4 weeks of your project end date. We will then repay the money into your group’s bank account.

We’re here to help and can offer help and advice throughout the application process. We can also assist successful applicants with local press releases and advice on how to promote and develop your project.


Register by completing the submission form below. We will then email you a link to the grant application form. Please make sure you supply two contact names, that site permission is granted and that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions. We will then email you a copy of your completed application.



What happens if I’m successful?

Successful applicants will be sent an email with a letter showing the unique reference number which you can use throughout the process. We will send you all the information you need including a media guide and promotional material. We have a limited number of grants. You must let us know immediately if your project has been changed, delayed or cancelled as we can reallocate unused funds to other projects.



Click here for full Terms and Conditions 2019