Key Facts

  • Easy to access environmental grant scheme for Scotland
  • Supporting Communities to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss
  • Action Earth grant funding is provided by NatureScot

Due to Covid-19 Action Earth is currently not taking applications

Volunteering Matters Action Earth is currently on hold.  We will not be taking any new applications for grants until further notice. Any existing applications to us are on pause for the moment. Once Government guidelines are issued that allow a return to outdoor volunteering activities we will resume normal service.

We are currently living in a global climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. In Scotland we need to change how we view and use the world around us. A nature-rich future is our best response

This year we will be supporting around 170 projects in Scotland with grant awards of up to £500. These grants are aimed at groups who support and encourage volunteer activity through practical environmental projects for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. .

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. Any group of volunteers can apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces.

In addition we offer a very limited number of Action Earth Enhanced Grants 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.




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
  • Projects could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands or other wildlife habitats
  • 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

Only peat-free compost can be used on Action Earth projects and we strongly urge you only to plant up native species

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.


Registrations for 2020 are now open! You can apply by completing a submission form via the link below. We’ll then email you a link to the grant application form in full. 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 2020