Scottish Natural Heritage has teamed up with the Big Lottery Fund to double the money available to Scottish groups for improving and protecting the natural environment through BIG's Community Wildlife funding scheme.
Launched in June this year, BIG's wildlife programme had a budget of #163;250,000 to distribute in Scotland, making grants of #163;300 to #163;10,000 to allow community groups to discover, enjoy or protect the local wildlife in their area. Now SNH has invested a further #163;250,000 to give communities across Scotland an even greater chance to celebrate local biodiversity.
From bird, bat or badger watching to creating nature trails, woodland walks and wildlife gardens, Community Wildlife will award grants to schools, voluntary or community sector organisations, town and parish councils and health bodies committed to bringing people together to learn about nature. Projects which encourage people to get more active and healthy through exploring parks, rivers and the countryside to look for rare or endangered species; which get people gardening or on nature walks; or encourage children to learn about nature through play will all benefit.