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Peatland ACTION - How to apply

Scotland-wide peatland restoration.

Peatland ACTION Funding

The next round of Peatland ACTION funding is now open and applications can be submitted until midnight on 30 September 2020.

How to Apply?

You must get in touch with one of our Project Officers as early as possible before you submit your Application.  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. 

You must contact us at [email protected]

If you haven’t provided all the information we need to complete our assessment it will take longer to reach a decision.  In some cases, we will return your application to you for re-submission at a future date.

*** New arrangements for National Parks ***
If your project is located within either of Scotland’s National Parks you should contact the relevant national park to discuss your proposals:  

Peatland ACTION - what we do

Our 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.

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. 

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

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.

Peat depth and peatland condition survey

A peat depth and peatland condition survey is now needed before restoration work starts. In future, you will need to provide it with your application.  If you don’t yet have one, you must discuss your plans with a Project Officer who will be able to assist you.  If a feasibility study has previously been completed you may be able to use that but you must get in touch with us to confirm if it is suitable.  Please email [email protected] and we’ll arrange for one of the team to get in touch.  

Your spatial data

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.  

Contractors

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]

How to acknowledge our 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. The Progress and Claim form will ask you to tell us what you have done to acknowledge our funding.

Please see our guidance on using the Peatland ACTION logo and other ways to acknowledge our funding of your project.

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.

How can we help?

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

[email protected]
To speak to one of our Project Officers to get advice on your proposed Peatland ACTION project, including getting a peat depth and peatland condition survey completed.

[email protected]
To submit your application, progress reports and claim forms, or to request changes to your project.  Our Funding Officers can advise on the procurement requirements of the fund.

[email protected]
For support and advice on all project related data including meeting our spatial data needs.

If your project is located within either of Scotland’s National Parks you should contact the relevant national park to discuss your proposals: 

Cairngorms National Park: [email protected] or [email protected]

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park: [email protected]

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