Other Sources of Funding

Last updated: March 2024

NatureScot offers funding for projects through a range of programmes that support improvements in Scotland’s natural environment. We welcome applications that can leverage additional funds or resources to create larger, and more diverse and impactful projects and partnerships. If you are seeking additional or alternative funding for your project, the following resources and funds may be of interest:

Funding Scotland 

Search for funding opportunities for your charity, community or social enterprise on the Funding Scotland website.  

TCV Scotland

Find the latest Funding Update link in the 'Fundraising support' section of  TCV website's 'Supporting Local Projects' page.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) distributes grants from £10,000 up to £10 million, funding projects that sustain and transform the UK’s heritage. Protecting the environment is one of four Heritage 2033 investment principles. NLHF will prioritise landscape and nature projects that support nature’s recovery; deliver nature-based solutions to address climate change; and reconnect people to landscapes and nature.

Crown Estates Environment Grants

Providing funding to Crown Estate Scotland tenants for projects which can deliver demonstratable environmental benefits within 18 months of award of funds. Typical projects could include biodiversity projects to restore and regenerate the local environment; providing natural climate solutions; facilitating a change to greener ways of operating; activities that reduce flood risk, pollution, or carbon emissions.

​​​​​​​Scottish Landfill Community Fund

The Scottish Landfill Community Fund (SLCF) is a tax credit scheme, linked to Scottish Landfill Tax, that encourages landfill site operators to contribute tax credits to benefit community and environmental projects. SEPA is the regulator of the fund, and there are currently eleven bodies approved (ABs) by SEPA to distribute funding to eligible projects. The Approved Bodies accept applications for funding and make decisions on who they wish to fund. Their contact details can be found on the Register of Approved Bodies. Applications can be made to any one of these and are not limited to the AB operating nearest to the location of your project. 

The ScottishPower Foundation

The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013 and reinforces ScottishPower’s commitment to support charitable work throughout Britain. The Foundation provides funding to registered charities for causes including the advancement of environmental protection, with the objective set for Biodiversity and Climate Change: “to support the protection of the environment and to increase biodiversity and actively contribute to the fight against climate change.”

SSE Renewables Sustainable Development Fund

The Sustainable Development Fund is in addition to SSE local community funds and supports strategic projects in the regions where SSE is operating. The Fund can support projects which: create opportunities for education and employment; empower communities to become more resilient and protect vulnerable residents through measures which demonstrate long-term social, environmental, or economic improvements; stimulate meaningful regeneration to improve or enhance local infrastructure, landscape, biodiversity, or heritage.

​​​​​​​The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent funders in the UK. The Foundation’s aims to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future, and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK. Under the priority  ‘Our Natural World’ the Foundation’s impact goals are preserved and improved species health and habitats; clean and healthy freshwater; and sustainable and ethical food.

The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation supports a wide range of charitable activity across several categories, including Environment, supporting charities directly delivering services and activities to those in need. Almost 2,000 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation, ranging from small community and volunteer projects to large national organisations.

​​​​​​​The Dulverton Trust

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity, supporting charities tackling a range of social issues, protecting the natural world, and preserving heritage crafts. Under the category Conservation, the Trust supports charities working on the health and resilience of the UK’s wildlife habitat. This work focuses on protecting, planting and sympathetically managing trees and native woodlands; and protecting coastal and marine environments.

The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation

The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation supports a wide range of causes across the North East of Scotland, and the Highlands and Islands, which demonstrate a positive impact for people living locally.  The Foundation supports good causes across a broad range of themes and activities. These include but are not limited to education and training; arts and heritage; health and community care; sports; conservation and the environment. Projects with a high degree of community support are particularly welcome.

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