New community action grant scheme launched

COMMUNITY groups across Scotland, who are running projects to do with managing and enjoying nature, can now apply for a new Community Action Grant.

Launched by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the new scheme is for grants of between £1k and £20k for short term projects of 12 months or less.

The grants are focused on getting more people and communities involved in outdoor recreation, volunteering and outdoor learning.

They are also targeted at action to improve, protect and manage habitats, species and landscapes.

Projects that help record valuable information about local species and natural habitats can also benefit.

The Community Action Grant application system is now open and Community groups can apply, and access grant information and advice, on SNH’s website (

SNH has started considering applications and will make a decision within 20 working days of receiving applications.

The scheme will be competitive as funds are limited.