Peatland ACTION - Fund - How to apply
Scotland-wide peatland restoration.
Scotland-wide peatland restoration.
The Peatland ACTION Fund is open for applications. We encourage applications for delivery in this financial year i.e. before 31 March, to be submitted as early as possible in the year, and by 30 September.
We offer a rolling programme where applications can be submitted at any time of the year. We recommend you apply 12 weeks before your intended start date. If you plan to commence works in autumn, after the breeding bird season, we suggest applications are submitted during May and June.
Building on the work undertaken to date we are looking to fund large-scale projects over multiple years, for which we will, where appropriate, make multi-year offers.
Our funding from Scottish Government primarily supports on-the-ground restoration activities. This includes installation of peat dams in man-made ditches to increase water levels, allowing the peat-building mosses, called sphagnums, to re-establish. It also supports more novel techniques, such as peat hag re-vegetating by using the surrounding vegetation to stabilise the bare eroding peat.
There are no geographical restrictions or target areas for Peatland ACTION funding, however before applying, applicants should read our guidance to check whether their proposed restoration activities meet the fund’s outcome and eligibility requirements.
For delivery on the ground in the financial year 2022/23 your application must be submitted as early as possible and no later than midnight on 30 September 2022. You will still be able to submit applications for future years’ funding after this date.
We encourage applications at any time but you should apply as soon as possible before your intended start date, this is to allow time for us to complete our assessment and decision making in good time for you to start your project.
If you are interested in developing peatland restoration projects please contact us at [email protected] our Project Officers will support you to develop your project, help you understand the Peatland ACTION Fund and assist you to complete your application and supporting information.
Arrangements for the National Parks
If your project is located within either of Scotland’s National Parks you should contact the relevant national park Peatland ACTION Team to discuss your proposals:
A peat depth and peatland condition survey is needed before restoration work starts. In most cases survey data must be submitted along with your Peatland ACTION funding application.
The Peatland ACTION Project Team will arrange for surveys to be undertaken at no cost to you.
A Feasibility Study is developed to identify, assess, and map areas of potential peatland restoration and use the results to produce in-depth peatland restoration and management plans. The restoration and management plans can then be used to inform an application to the Peatland ACTION Fund to deliver restoration works.
If you are interested in a future feasibility assessment send your completed Feasibility Study Enquiry form and site map to [email protected]
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development and Use Classes) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020, introduces new Class 20A, specifying permitted development rights (PDR) for peatland restoration projects. This means that full planning permission is not required for peatland restoration projects but there is still a planning process (prior notification / prior approval) to go through.
The prior notification / prior approval (PN/PA) process is a two stage process which allows a planning authority to consider whether a proposal requires closer scrutiny before it is approved. This process must be gone through before the restoration works can begin.
Most of the information needed to submit a prior notification will be provided as part of the development of a Peatland Action project. Ideally you should submit your Peatland Action application once you have submitted your prior notification.
More information is available in the Scottish Government Planning Circular (Advice and Guidance).
The Peatland Code is part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme. It is a voluntary certification standard for UK peatland projects wishing to market the climate benefits of peatland restoration and provides assurances to voluntary carbon market buyers that the climate benefits being sold are real, quantifiable, additional and permanent.
Much of the data gathered for a Peatland ACTION project can be used to inform a Peatland Code application. Processes can run in tandem.
More information including a video which provides an introduction to the code and guidance documents can be found on the IUCN’s website.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (2015) (the Regulations) apply to all peatland restoration projects.
All applications must demonstrate that the necessary steps have been taken during the planning and design stages to ensure compliance with the Regulations.
Information on the Regulations and the responsibilities for all involved in a restoration project is available in our guidance note.
Spatial data is important to allow us to monitor and report on the effectiveness of the Peatland ACTION Fund. There are two key stages when you need to submit spatial data:
When you are applying for funding for your project
You must submit spatial data of the proposed work for your restoration project(s) with your application.
If you don’t have access to GPS or GIS for mapping purposes, we may be able to arrange for one of the Peatland ACTION team to carry out any mapping on your behalf. Please email [email protected] and we’ll arrange for one of the team to get in touch with you.
Once you have completed your project
You will need to submit spatial data of the completed work along with a Final Report upon completion of your restoration project. Further information on the Final Report report will be issued with your grant offer.
We have compiled a list of contractors as per Peatland ACTION Public Contract Prior Information Notice MAR275498.
If you are a contractor and wish to be added to the contractors list, please contact us at [email protected]
One of the conditions of receiving funding from us is that you acknowledge our funding of your project during your Contract Period. This will be outlined in your Funding Offer. The Progress and Claim form will ask you to tell us what you have done to acknowledge our funding.
You can follow us on Twitter @PeatlandACTION, and don't forget to tag @nature_scot and use our hashtag #PeatlandACTION especially if we've funded your peatland restoration project.
The Peatland ACTION project team is here to help - how best to contact us.
PeatlandACTION/National Park Authorities
If your project is located within either of Scotland’s National Parks you should contact the relevant national park to discuss your proposals: