FIRNS - How to Apply

The delivery of the FIRNS is expected to follow the timeline as shown below, bearing in mind these dates may change depending on the circumstances.   

  • Announcement of FIRNS: 17 February 2023 
  • Launch event: 28 February 2023 
  • Opening of expressions of interest phase: 28 February 2023 
  • Application form available: 17 April 2023
  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest to be submitted: 17 April 2023
  • Applications window will be closed by: mid-June
  • Announcement of winning bid to be expected by: mid-August 

Between March and May, NatureScot, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Green Finance institute will host a series of seminars and workshops to support applicants to understand the different stages of the investment-readiness project development pathway.    

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest form as early as possible in advance of the deadline at noon on Monday 17th April 2023. Doing so will provide us with a short first indication of your project, the business model it focuses on and its expected benefits (social, economic and environmental). We will also use it to provide you with feedback on eligibility in advance of you preparing a full application. Some additional information/suggestions may be requested/offered before validation.  

We aim to respond to EoIs within 20 working days, however depending on demand this may take longer. You should receive a response to your EoI no later than Monday 15th May 2023. However, we strongly encourage you to submit your EoI well in advance of the above deadline, in order that you can receive feedback and spend the maximum period of time developing your full application.   

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