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​Looking after Scotland’s nature and landscapes isn’t our responsibility alone. Funding helps land managers, charities and others to contribute too.

Scottish Natural Heritage is committed to working with others to invest in Scotland’s nature and landscapes and bring more benefits to more people.

Our funding streams:



Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF)

The Biodiversity Challenge Fund offers funding for improving and restoring habitats, creating/enhancing habitats for key species and, where appropriate, encourage increased access to nature. This funding stream helps us to deliver on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity Strategic Plan otherwise known as the Aichi Targets.


Green Infrastructure Scotland Fund

We are the Lead Partner for the Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention. This fund aims to improve Scotland’s urban environment by increasing and enhancing greenspace in our towns and cities, especially close to areas of multiple deprivation. Our Green Infrastructure Fund and Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund are now closed for applications. We do not expect to reopen to applications


Management Agreements (MA)

SRDP is the main source of funding for rural Scotland. We encourage land managers to seek SRDP support if we believe management is needed to improve the special features of a designated site (Natura sites and SSSI).
If SRDP can’t provide such support, and we see management as a priority, we may offer support through an MA. 


Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund

The fund supports new opportunities to promote the outstanding scenery, wildlife and culture of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in ways which support inclusive and sustainable economic growth. The aim of which is to also help retain jobs and sustain populations and services in rural communities.


Outdoor Learning in Nature (OLIN) Fund

The main aim of the OLIN fund is to support more young people to have regular, frequent, structured and progressive outdoor learning experiences.


Peatland ACTION Fund

Peatland ACTION offers funding for peatland restoration projects across Scotland in support of Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan outcomes. 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. 


Resident greylag geese - Transitional Challenge Fund

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) invites local goose management groups (LGMGs) to apply for support to establish sustainable approaches to managing resident greylag (RGL) goose populations in 2019/20. The aim is to enable farmers and crofters to protect their crops from serious agricultural damage while also maintaining the conservation status of resident greylag geese populations.


Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP)

The Scottish Government is delivering the 2014-20 SRDP in partnership with SNH and other public bodies. Within SRDP, the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) promotes land management that protects and enhances Scotland's natural heritage, improves water quality, manages flood risk, and helps mitigate and adapt to climate change; public access projects have also been funded. SRDP also includes the Forestry Grant Scheme.


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