Funding and Projects

​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.  

At the moment our priority is to keep money flowing to support people, nature and organisations. Find out more on how we can achieve this at this time on our Covid-19 hub.

Also available is the COVID-19 emergency funding for grant recipients

Community Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Equipment Fund

Man on boat sorting equipment

Community Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Equipment Fund

With support from the William Grant Foundation we have opened a fund for communities and local groups to purchase equipment and get involved in community-led marine survey and monitoring. Up to ten groups will be supported by the equipment fund in Spring 2021. The fund offers grants up to £1,500 for an individual community application and up to £3,000 for a joint application from two or more groups.

Better Places Green Recovery Fund - Round 2

Family enjoying loch-side view

Better Places Green Recovery Fund Round 2

Our Better Places Green Recovery Fund Round 2 will fund additional visitor management activity at nature “hot spot” locations in Scotland during the 2021 season.

Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project

Community-led marine biodiversity monitoring project. ©Cecilie Dohm/Fauna & Flora International

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.

©Cecilie Dohm/Fauna & Flora International.

Future Routes Fund

Group photo of young adults

Mad Challenges & Pink Panthers Explorer Scout Unit

Two of this year's recipients of the Future Routes Fund. A fund dedicated to supporting young people in improving their local environment as well as their knowledge, understanding, and connection with Scotland's nature


Peatland ACTION Fund

Funding - Peatland ACTION - Digger operator reprofiling bare peat hag

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.

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.


Scottish Marine Environmental Enhancement Fund (SMEEF)

Environmental sculpture beside the nature trail at Taynish National Nature Reserve

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.

Resident greylag geese - Transitional Challenge Fund

Greylag geese

Resident greylag geese - Transitional Challenge Fund

NatureScot is funding local goose management groups (LGMGs) to establish sustainable approaches to managing resident greylag (RGL) goose populations for a further year in 2020/21. 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 NatureScot 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.

Species on the Edge 

Species on the Edge - Funding and projects

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.


Plunge In! The Coasts and Waters Community Fund

Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF)

Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention

Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund

Outdoor Learning in Nature (OLIN) Fund


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How is our work funded?

Funding Scotland