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Peatland Action - How to apply

Continuing Scotland-wide peatland restoration in 2019 - 2020

Peatland ACTION Funding

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

Applicants will be informed if their application has been successful from July 2019.

In limited circumstances we may consider further applications where delivery of all on-site activity before 28 February 2020 can be assured.  To make an initial enquiry please complete the Expression of Interest form.  We will review your form after which we may invite you to submit a full application. 

To request advice on your proposed Peatland ACTION project or Feasibility Study 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 assess my peatlands' condition?

Assessing the condition of your peatland is the starting point for informing changes in management or restoration required to improve habitat condition.

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

Scotland is lacking detailed information on peat depths. By including a peat depth survey as a prerequisite of each project, we can improve our quantification of the peat and carbon resource.

 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.