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Peatland Action - How to apply

Scotland-wide peatland restoration.

Peatland ACTION Funding

The funding round for 2019-20 closed on Friday 17 May 2019.  

Applicants have been informed of the outcome of their application.

An update due to COVID-19

Since the Scottish Government’s announcement of funding for peatland restoration their focus is now on COVID-19 control and peatland restoration is not permitted under current guidance.

The Scottish Government is keen that peatland restoration begins again as soon as it is appropriate.  

If you have a project that you think might be eligible for a future funding round and would like to speak to one of our advisors please contact us at: [email protected]

Peatland ACTION - what we do

The funding 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.

Who can apply?

There are no geographical restrictions or target areas for Peatland Action funding. Before applying applicants should however, check whether their proposed restoration activities meets the funds outcome and eligibility requirements. 

How to apply?

If you have not done so already, it is best to get in touch with us to discuss your plans at an early stage.  Email us at [email protected] and we will put you in touch with a project officer.

The funding round for 2019-20 is closed. However, if you have a project that you can complete before the end of Feb 2020 please complete an Expression of Interest form. We will review your form after which we may invite you to submit a full application. 

How do I complete my peat depth and peatland condition survey?

The Guidance document and the Peatland Condition Assessment Guide have all the information you need to complete the survey. 

  • Peatland Condition Assessment Guide 
    This simple guide outlines the features to look for during your peat depth survey. Use the guide to help you quickly assess and assign one of the four peatland condition categories for each of your peat depth survey points. This will help inform the restoration activities required to improve the condition of your peatland habitat. 

Your spatial data

Your Peatland ACTION restoration proposal creates a large amount of spatial data in support of your grant application.  It is used to refine and report on your restoration activities, and the overall outcomes.    


We have also 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 [email protected]

Final Report

A final report will need to be submitted upon completion of your restoration project. Further information and a template will be issued with your grant offer.

How to acknowledge support for your project

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.

How can we help?

The Peatland ACTION project team are here to help - how best to contact us:

[email protected]
To request advice on your proposed Peatland ACTION project or Feasibility Study.

[email protected]
Submit your application, progress reports and claim forms, or to request changes to your project.

[email protected]
For support and advice on all project related data.

Social media

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.

Find out more

Further peatland restoration guidance and best practice information is available on our project resources webpage.