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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.



We know that many of our partners are facing increasing challenges as a result of COVID-19 and we want to support those we fund as far as is possible at this difficult time.

Our plan is to continue to deliver our services to applicants, grant recipients and communities as normally as we can. We also want to be flexible where grant recipients get into difficulty or see problems on the way. However, we are in uncharted territory and things will occur that we hadn’t expected. If it does, and you have feedback, please get in touch.

At the moment our priority is to keep money flowing to support people, nature and organisations.

Being flexible

We will be flexible with regards to your current grant, for example:

  • Accommodating changes to timelines;
  • Accommodating changes to activity to respond to outputs/activities that contribute to expected outcomes during the restrictions – please discuss with us.

We will support you and your teams through this crisis, for example:

  • Where we support staff costs, we will continue to pay so that you can support existing staff who need to be off sick, self-isolate or have caring responsibilities;
  • Considering any requests for support if you experience particular financial pressures as a result of the situation.

We don’t want you to worry about deadlines and reporting, for example:

  • We will be flexible with regards to reporting.

Getting in touch

  • Our funding officers and / or your contact can answer questions you might have, do get in touch with them if you need to in the usual way.

Our staff are working from home and can be contacted on their usual email addresses and phone numbers (our office phone numbers will be diverted to our mobile or landline numbers).  If you receive an auto-reply to say that a particular member of staff is not working, due to illness or leave, please forward emails to [email protected].  Please let us know if we should use any different contact details or methods to communicate with you during this time.

Next steps

  • We’ll be in touch soon to discuss your project and how we make it work in the months ahead.

These are challenging times.  Let’s help each other to help each other.  Please keep in touch and let us know how we can help you.

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

Plunge In! The Coasts and Waters Community Fund

Ranger led school group at the Eden Estuary LNR

Plunge In! The Coasts and Waters Community Fund

Plunge In! The Coasts and Waters Community Fund - funding decisions made.

Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF)

Marram grass growing in the embryonic sand dunes at Machir Bay, Traigh Mhachir, Islay

Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF)

Biodiversity Challenge Fund - Round 2 - funding decisions made.

Green Infrastructure Scotland Fund

Green infrastructure project site by the Forth and Clyde canal in Glasgow.

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 applications.

Management Agreements (MA)

Orchids growing at Weem meadow SSSI near Aberfeldy.

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 craw Stane, a pictish standing stone with pictish symbols on it, near Rhynie, Aberdeenshire.

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

School children on a ranger led nature walk near Carmunnock cemetery, Glasgow as part of biodiversity week.

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. This fund has now closed for applications.

Peatland ACTION Fund

Peatland Action – digger re-profiling bare peat hag.

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. The 2019 fund for applications has now closed.

Resident greylag geese - Transitional Challenge Fund

Greylag geese

Reisdent greylag geese - Transitiional 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)

Mixed woodland and forestry near Pitlochry, Perthshire

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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