VOLUNteers are invited to apply for grants of up the £500 to improve their local environment.
The money from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is being disbursed by the Community Service Volunteers (CSV) Action Earth campaign in Scotland.
CSV’s Margaret Gibb said: “It is great news for the environment that Scottish National Heritage is funding volunteering projects. Last year volunteers had a tremendous impact and showed how each one of us can help tackle environmental projects in our own back yard.”
Volunteers and groups can apply for up to £250 to start community biodiversity projects while local nature reserves can bid for up to £500 to attract new volunteers through practical activities and educational or recording events on their site.
Last year, Scottish volunteers used the cash to plant 5,400 trees and 29,000 bulbs and to instal 1,123 bird and bat boxes.Overall energy savings were enough to power 225 million hours of television, says CSV.
For more information, go to www.csv.org.uk/actionearth or call 0131 222 9083.