Opportunities Funding Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2017 Grants Area: Scotland If you are part of a group this is creating or improving community gardens or wildflower areas, ponds, woodlands or local green areas, then read on . . . Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2017 Grants offer easy-to-access grants of between £50 to £500 for volunteer groups. This year applications from volunteer groups who do any of the following will be prioritised: Work in areas where there is significant social or economic deprivation Improve the health and wellbeing of their local community Encourage and involve people under 26 in practical outdoor conservation In 2016, over 8,100 volunteers participated in 173 Volunteering Matters Action Earth projects across Scotland, planting 13,360 trees, creating 557 new wildlife homes and working on land measuring almost 2 million square metres. Local Nature Reserve (LNR) grants of up to £500 are also available for volunteer activities taking place on LNR sites such as protecting and enhancing biodiversity or wildlife recording. For more information and to apply visit Volunteering matters.