Action Earth Scotland

Key Facts

  • Running across Scotland
  • Working in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage

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

Run in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, any group of volunteers can apply for Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This could include creating or improving wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands or community gardens.

Local Nature Reserve grants of up to £500 are also available for volunteer activities taking place on Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) such as wildlife recording or protecting and enhancing biodiversity.

If you need inspiration for projects, have 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, large pieces of equipment (lawnmowers, power tools etc.), cameras or projects which involve pupils on school grounds during school hours.


Your group can submit one application for each type of grant.  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 giving us with your email address. 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.

Due to exceptional demand this year we are currently prioritising applications from Local Nature Reserves and from projects in more deprived areas of Scotland. All other projects need to demonstrate high engagement and involvement of their local community.

REGISTER FOR A GRANT Applications are now open