Funding and projects

Current funding

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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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Future Routes Fund

Helping young people to improve their local environment, provide more opportunities for them to connect with nature and increase their knowledge of Scottish biodiversity. Take positive action for nature and climate.
 

small copper butterfly feeding on a ragwort plant

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

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.

A kelp forest in shallow water in Loch Laxford

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. 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.

Rural Funding and Support

Scotland's Natural Capital Programme -  stock farm

Farming with nature

The purpose of these pilots for is to inform what future rural support outside of the Common Agricultural Policy might look like. 

Rural support could be developed to contribute to transformative land use change in Scotland, by restoring nature and reducing our country’s contribution to climate change. 

Mixed woodland and forestry near Pitlochry, Perthshire

SRDP

Within Scottish Rural Development Programme (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.

Orchids growing at Weem meadow SSSI near Aberfeldy.

Management Agreements

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.

Wildlife Management

Adult White tailed eagle flying over farms

Sea Eagle Management Scheme

The Sea Eagle Management Scheme extends support for livestock farmers and crofters who suffer impacts across the sea eagle breeding range. 

Barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) at Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve ©Lorne Gill/SNH.  For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Goose Management Schemes

NatureScot provides funding and administrative support to the schemes and pilots. Each initiative has been developed by a local goose management group, which is chaired by the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate.

Projects

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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.

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) an invasive non native plant. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Scottish Invasive Species Initiative

(SISI) is an exciting 4-year partnership project tackling invasive non-native species alongside rivers and water courses in northern Scotland.  We are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, NatureScot and through in-kind support from project partners and volunteers - the total project value is some £3.24M.

All funding and projects listed below are now closed

Other Sources of Funding