im sure the money goes into great things but yes for people who grew up poor in non community orientated (im being kind) places, who work just to pay rent, its almost impossible to get the kind of money people are asking for. ive volunteered a tonne, ive been lucky i studied in ireland for two years horticulture/permaculture. it cost nothing really, 180 per year!! i recommend ths course. theres also one in britain for a few thousand pounds with famous british permaculturists. i am very jealous of people who can afford to do loads of really cool stuff and i feel like i could be really useful to the cause if given half a chance. i decided tto try and do a degree in forestry but its proving hard to find funds.