Future Routes Fund

The Future Routes Fund is now open for applications!

Do you have a big idea to help young people connect with nature or take positive action on biodiversity and climate? The Future Routes Fund is now open for 2022 applicants.

What's the fund for?

The fund is for projects run by 11-26-year olds, anywhere in Scotland, and supports them to connect with nature and to make a positive impact on the environment of Scotland.

Any individuals or teams (2+) of young people living in Scotland who are aged between 11-26 can apply.

An individual can apply for £500 to £2000.
A team (2+) can apply for £1000 to £5000.

How to apply?

This fund is designed to be applied for by young people themselves. Below you will find a guidance document that will tell you everything you need to know and help you apply to fund. Also below is the Idea Submission Form.

Please get in contact at [email protected] if you need these in a different format or language, or if you have any other support needs.

Key dates

Idea Submission Deadline - Sunday 29th May 2022

  • If you would like to submit an idea for Future Routes funding, you will need to complete an Idea Submission by Sunday 29th May.

Decision Making - Friday 24th June 2022

  • Idea Submission will be assessed by a decision-making panel made up of young people and NatureScot. They will decide which ideas receive funding and you will hear back from them by Friday 25th June.

Make your Idea a Reality! - By November 2022

  • Successful ideas will need to be delivered by November 2022

About the fund

It was created by Scotland's youth biodiversity panel, ReRoute. The young people on the ReRoute panel developed the aims, outcomes and criteria for fund in collaboration with NatureScot and Young Scot. They designed it to be for the benefit of young people, easy to apply for, and they worked hard to encourage submissions from a wide range of young people, regardless of their level of interest in nature.

The Future Routes Fund was launched in 2018 as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People, with £100,000 available over five years for young people to deliver activities, projects and ideas which engage people with nature. Unfortunately due to Covid, there was a bit of a break in the fund, however it is now back and ready to help young people take action!

Any questions about this fund? Please email us at [email protected]

Recipients of the previous round of Future Routes funding are:

  • Alnisa Meaan: Women together
  • Beehavin Project
  • Braes High Sensory Garden
  • Changing Lives – Loving Nature
  • Discovering Nature on My Doorstep
  • Mad Challenges & Pink Panthers Explorer Scout Unit
  • Kwood Youth
  • Let’s Go Galloway!
  • Natural Connection
  • Nature for John Muir
  • Team name TBC (Kevin Stone)
  • SLS
  • Ullapool Sea Savers
  • Youth Meet-Up Group

Find out more

Read our latest news release - New funding for youth-led nature projects (25 April 2022)

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