Everything you need to know about the Volunteering Matters Action Earth Grant

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How to apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grant

Volunteering Matters Action Earth offers grants, funded by NatureScot, to help local communities in Scotland respond to climate change. Though they are not focused on school grants, the charity’s work is a great way to get your students interested in leaving the world better than they found it.


Is my school eligible?

Although this is not specifically a school grant, applications fitting into the below criteria are prioritised:

  • 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

The last point, in particular, is relevant to those searching for school grants. For information on the full eligibility criteria of Action Earth, check the official website.

Key eligibility criteria include:

  • Your school must be based in Scotland
  • At least 15 volunteers must be involved, each giving a minimum of 5 hours of volunteering time
  • Projects must be accessible to the general public

What kind of projects do they fund?

Action Earth is focused on supporting environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This may include funding the creation, maintenance, or improvement of:

  • Community gardens
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Ponds
  • Woodlands
  • Any kind of wildlife habitats

How do I apply?

For more information on how to apply for 2022 Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants, email: robert.henderson@volunteeringmatters.org.uk

What’s the deadline?

The 2021 applications have now closed. We’re awaiting news on the 2022 application and will update accordingly.

How much funding is possible?

Any group of volunteers may apply for grants of between £50 and 250.

Action Earth Enhanced Grants of up to £500 are also available for projects that can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people, who have defined health or social needs. In these groups, at least 50% of the volunteers involved must have defined health issues.

Find out more about this school grant

For more information on Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants in Scotland, go to their official website.