Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund

Nature Restoration Fund launching for 2022

The closing date for applications of £25,000 - £250,000 for the second round was noon on 1 April 2022.

The Fund

The Nature Restoration Fund (NRF) is a competitive fund launched in July 2021, which specifically encourages applicants with projects that restore wildlife and habitats on land and sea and address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

In 2021, funding was awarded to 54 projects alongside a direct allocation of £5m directly from Scottish Government to Local Authorities. On Nature Day at COP26 the Scottish Government announced an expansion to the Nature Restoration Fund, comprising at least a further £55m over the next four years, with at least £12.5m annually. 

The closing date for Expressions of Interest for grants of £25,000 - £250,000 was noon on 18 February 2022. Projects that were sent an application form with a unique project reference number were required to submit this before the deadline of noon on 1 April 2022.

NatureScot is currently in discussions with partners to finalise the allocation of funds through the Edinburgh Process Fund, which will be a dedicated funding stream for Local Authorities and National Parks. It will also contain a competitive element. Details will be finalised soon and this funding stream will be launched in spring 2022.

A competitive fund for projects seeking grants of over £250,000 will be launched in summer 2022.

If you have any questions about the fund, please email [email protected] in the first instance.

Successful projects - 2021

For a full list of projects that were granted NRF funding in 2021, see our Nature Restoration Fund (NRF) - successful projects web page.

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Funding and Projects