Green grants launch in Scotland

The CSV Action Earth campaign in Scotland launches on Tuesday 8th May in Glasgow. Hundreds of grants worth up to £500 are available to voluntary groups and individuals thanks to support from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The grants are designed to help people to protect and restore Scotland’s natural habitats, especially in deprived areas.

From May, CSV will allocate £37,500 of SNH funding to hands-on initiatives designed to promote biodiversity and improve quality of life by protecting the natural environment. 

Launching on Tuesday 8th May 2012 at Shettleston Community Growing Project, Glasgow, volunteers will be creating a wildlife garden to give the local community the experience of planting and maintaining an outdoor space for them to enjoy.

Focusing on places facing economic and social challenges, CSV Action Earth campaign will build a greater sense of community engagement, learn practical skills and connect with their natural heritage.
 
STV Weather Presenter, Sean Batty, is supporting the campaign:

“Scotland's incredibly diverse natural resources are for everyone - and everyone has something to gain by helping maintain local beauty and biodiversity.  This could mean clearing up a river, restoring parkland, planting wildflower areas, digging ponds or building bird and bat boxes.  By supporting grass roots action in our most deprived communities, CSV Action Earth directs resources where they are most needed - not just to preserve species and habitats, but to strengthen the bonds between neighbours."

Alison Matheson of Scottish Natural Heritage said:

“Many communities and individuals are involved in improving their local environment for people and nature, but they sometimes need a small amount of funding to make their ideas happen on the ground.  We hope that people across Scotland, particularly in the central belt, will use these small grants to take action and make a real difference to the quality of their neighbourhood.  It is also a great way to get outdoors, develop new skills, get fitter, meet new people, have fun and help nature!” 

The CSV Action Earth campaign has grants available to people across Scotland to help improve their local environment. The campaign will provide volunteers and groups with grants of up to £250 to help kick start community environmental projects in their local area and to attract new volunteers. Local Nature Reserves can also apply for enhanced grants of £500 to attract new volunteers through practical activities and educational or recording events on their site. Grants are limited so it’s worth acting fast!

Volunteering is not only good for the environment it helps you feel better too. Independent research commissioned by CSV shows that 55% of people feel happier when they help a friend or neighbour with a problem, while 61% say volunteering helps them combat stress.  Being green is a real way to beat the blues!

So why not take the initiative and make a positive contribution in your local environment? Sign up now to CSV Action Earth 2012 by visiting www.csv.org.uk/actionearth or call 0131 222 9083.

For further press information and pictures contact: Francesca Toma on 020 7643 1418, 07966 168686 or ftoma@csv.org.uk

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Notes to Editors
 
1.    Action Earth 2012 allocates grants of up to £500 to help promote and manage local nature reserves, promote local biodiversity and help local volunteer groups, schools and business purchase essential tools and materials. For more information about the campaign and to apply for funding visit: http://actionearth.csv.org.uk

2.    CSV (Community Service Volunteers) creates opportunities for people to take an active part in the life of their communities through volunteering, learning and community action. Last year 150,000 people gave their time as volunteers through CSV. The charity worked with 5,000 learners of all ages. www.csv.org.uk

3.    Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is the government’s adviser on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland.  SNH’s role is to help everyone understand, value and enjoy Scotland’s nature now and in the future. For more information see www.snh.gov.uk or contact Nancy Fraser, SNH media & public relations officer on 0141 951 4488 / 0141 951 0809 or nancy.fraser@snh.gov.uk .

4.    The Central Scotland Green Network aims to change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.  Visit the website at http://www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org/