Action Earth Grants

Due to unprecedented demand for Action Earth Grants they can only consider:

  • Projects in the more deprived areas of Scotland where there may be reduced local facilities and opportunities.
  • Local Nature Reserves (LNRs).
  • Projects which involve at least 35 volunteers and which make a substantial environmental impact.
  • Projects which involve groups of vulnerable people as volunteers.

Any project with volunteers taking action outdoors in Scotland can apply for one of our grants.

  1. Action Earth Awards from £50 to £250 are available to groups of volunteers carrying out environmental activities. This could include improving ponds, woodlands, meadows and other green spaces to make them more wildlife friendly. Create new habitats by planting nectar-rich flowers, fruit-bearing trees or shrubs. 
  2. Local Nature Reserve Awards offer up to £500 for activities taking place on LNRs which encourage volunteer involvement and bring new volunteers onto the reserve. Activities could involve wildlife recording and education, raising profile of the site and protecting and enhancing biodiversity. We will prioritise applications from community or ‘Friends of’ groups. Events should involve the local Ranger Service or LNR Managers.

Your group can submit one application for each type of grant. Projects pay costs upfront and then claim back by sending in itemised receipts and feedback forms. You must submit your feedback and grant claim form within 4 weeks of your project end date. 

They also ask you to send a press release to local media (help available) and supply us with no more than 5 photographs of your event.

What they fund:

  • Projects taking place in Scotland involving practical outdoor activity
  • At least 15 volunteers must give a minimum of 5 hours each
  • Tools, materials and volunteers expenses 
  • Work on sites that are accessible to the general public (let us know if your site has any restrictions we should be aware of)

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Volunteering Support Fund

The Volunteering Support Fund Volunteering Support Fund 2018-21 – NOW OPEN The Scottish Government has committed £3.3 million to support volunteering in Scotland until March 2021. The Volunteering Support Fund is funded by the Scottish Government, which has committed a total of £3.3 million over the funding period 1 July 2018 – 31 March 2021 to improve support for volunteers, and is managed by Voluntary Action Fund. Since 2013 over 450 organisations have benefitted from the Volunteering Support Fund, resulting in improved support for thousands of volunteers, more than half of whom had experienced disadvantage.

Grants between £7,500 and £10,000 per annum are available for individual organisations, who will be expected to recruit at least 15 additional volunteers, including, 10 who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering; and provide opportunities for both current and new volunteers to benefit from a meaningful volunteering experience, eg through training, learning new skills, and increased participation in their local community.

Applicants will be expected to contribute towards the following four outcomes: 1.Increasing the diversity of the third sector’s volunteer pool, especially to include people who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering; 2.Improving opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering; 3.Improving the third sector’s capacity to support, train and deploy volunteers; and 4.Enhancing the services organisations deliver to better meet the needs of the communities they serve. Who can apply? To be eligible applicants must be: 1.A third sector organisation (voluntary organisation or community group) whose Board of Trustees or Management Committee are predominantly volunteers. Organisations do not need to be registered charities, although their constitution/set of rules should make clear that funds will only be spent on purposes established in the constitution, and not distributed amongst members; 2.A third sector organisation working in Scotland with an annual income of under £250,000; 3.Organisations who can start the project within 10 days of receiving funding. To find out more go to

SSE Partnership Fund Just Open

THE SSE partnership has just opened, with a closing date of Thursday, July 5. There will be only one round of the fund this year.

The partnership fund can support projects which:

  • Create opportunities
  • Create or enhance opportunities for education and employment through activities focused on improving an individual’s chances of entering the workplace or further professional development
  • Empower communities
  • Empower fragile communities to become more resilient and to protect their vulnerable residents through measures which demonstrate long-term social, environmental or economic improvements
  • Stimulate sustainable places
  • Stimulate meaningful regeneration through actions which improve or enhance local infrastructure, landscape, biodiversity or heritage to make a lasting difference to the places we live, work and visit

You can apply for funding from £10,000 up to a maximum of £50,000.

Communities on the east coast of Caithness and Sutherland can apply.


Wick Funding Information Event

COME along to a Funding Information Event to find out what support is available for your organisation in Caithness. It takes place at the Pulteney Centre on Wick on Tuesday, April 24, from 10am-1pm.

Funders present will be Caithness and North Sutherland Fund, Highland LEADER, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Tesco Green Space Fund and SSE, talking about three funds. There will be time to ask the funders questions. Refreshments will be provided.

To book a place, contact Yvonne Hendry or Helen McKay, 609960 603453,

This event is funded by SSE Beatrice Community Fund.

THE Year of Young People National Lottery Fund

THE Year of Young People National Lottery Fund is offering grants of between £3000 and £10,000 to projects that focus on young people’s health and wellbeing.

Health and wellbeing includes many things, from supporting young people to lead active lives to providing opportunities to learn about and improve mental and physical health.

When your application is being assessed, consideration will be given to:

  •          Whether the project is relevant to heritage, to the community, or to sport in Scotland
  •          How it will improve mental and or physical health and wellbeing for young people
  •          How capable your organisation is of carrying out the project
  •          Overall value for money

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