Art installation of 2 figures standing in a river

Scottish Marine Environmental Enhancement Fund (SMEEF)

A new fund is being developed to support marine environmental enhancement in Scotland. Voluntary donations from marine users and individuals will provide grants to enhance the natural capital of our seas and coasts. Launch of the fund is anticipated for late summer 2021.

View over bog pools at Sandy Loch, Shetland

Peatland ACTION Fund

Peatland ACTION is the project helping to restore damaged peatlands in support of Scotland’s Climate Change Plan outcomes with funding provided by the Scottish Government.

Funding has been expanded to include peatland restoration projects over multiple years.

Group of young people in front of a sign for 'Mad Challenges'

Future Routes Fund

The Future Routes Fund is for young people, by young people.

The fund aims to help young people to improve their local environment, increase their knowledge and understanding of Scottish biodiversity, and to provide more opportunities for them to connect with nature.


Diver entering the water from NatureScot RIB Aphrodite,

Monitoring Equipment Fund

The Community Marine Monitoring Equipment Fund is a dedicated fund aimed specifically at supporting community and local groups with the purchase of marine survey equipment to participate in community-led marine biodiversity surveys and monitoring.

Rural Funding and Support

Orchids growing at Weem meadow SSSI near Aberfeldy. July 2016.©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Management Agreements (MA) 

A management agreement (MA) involves NatureScot making payments to a land manager in return for an agreed programme of work. We typically offer MAs for Natura sites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

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.

Mixed woodland and forestry near Pitlochry, Perthshire © Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP)

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.


Group of people using a quadrat on an area of beach.

Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project

Scotland’s coastlines and waters are a special place for marine habitats and wildlife. The Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project encourages everyone to get involved in the survey and monitoring of marine life in their local waters.

A close up of machair, or fertile low-lying grassy plain

Species on the Edge (SotE)

Species on the Edge is a partnership of NatureScot and seven nature conservation charities, all dedicated to improving the fortunes of 40 priority species found along Scotland's coast and islands.

We work with communities, local initiatives and land managers to tackle species recovery work.

Other Sources of Funding

Funding Scotland

Find funding opportunities on the Funding Scotland website.


Find the latest Funding Update link in the 'Fundraising support' section of TCV website's 'Supporting Local Projects' page.