Scottish Natural Heritage are looking for community groups to make a splash.

They have launched the Coasts and Waters Community Fund – which creates new opportunities for communities to connect with their coasts, seas and freshwaters.

The fund offers grants (£2,000 – £10,000) to help community groups participate in and celebrate #YCW2020 in their own way.

They invite applications for a wide range of imaginative projects relating to our coasts and waters – projects might include, for example, plans for restoring habitats, carrying out local surveys or promoting and celebrating your local environment or wildlife.

A spokeswoman said: "We want these projects to make a lasting difference to Scotland, so they should leave a legacy from the year – for example through improved skills and knowledge, or the creation of a resource for the local community."

Nature Reserve Travel Grants of up to £500 are also available to allow groups of young people to connect with our coasts and waters by visiting one of Scotland’s many stunning national or local nature reserves.

The fund will open for applications between 7th January and 28th February 2020. All projects must take place between April and December 2020.

So why not plunge on? Get involved, be creative.

For any enquiries, contact