Funding and projects


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Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund 

The Nature Restoration Fund is a competitive fund which supports projects that restore wildlife and habitats on land and sea and address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

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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.

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Investment Ready Nature Scotland (IRNS) Grant Scheme

A grant scheme to help organisations and partnerships develop projects in Scotland that use private investment and market-based mechanisms to help finance the restoration of the environment.

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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.

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Scottish Marine Environmental Enhancement Fund (SMEEF)

This fund will 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. 

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Better Places Green Recovery Fund

This fund is closed for applications. For successful projects, it is providing support for the employment of seasonal rangers and visitor operations posts to engage with the public and help manage visitor numbers, pressures and behaviours in “hot spot” locations across Scotland.


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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