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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

ALL FUNDS AND PROJECTS LISTED BELOW ARE NOW CLOSED

Better Places Green Recovery Fund

Peatland ACTION Fund

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

 

Find out more

How is our work funded?

Funding Scotland