Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund (NRF)

See our 2022 Helping Nature projects in our Story Map

Nature Restoration Fund 2023

The Nature Restoration Fund is currently closed for Expressions of Interest. The next application call is expected to be later in 2023. Applicants to the most recent round of Helping Nature will be informed of decisions in July 2023.

Helping Nature

Read our Helping Nature - Information for Applicants and our Priorities for Action guidance documents and all other documents in the Resources section of the How to Apply page.

Transforming Nature

The Transforming Nature strand of the Nature Restoration Fund (which offers grants of over £250,000 and development phase funding) will reopen later this year.

Development phase grant holders submitting a delivery phase application to Transforming Nature should read the following guidance. Please note securing NRF development phase funding does not guarantee a successful NRF delivery phase application. 

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. The NRF is a commitment in the current Programme for Government for multi-year funding as part of overall investment in the natural economy. The £65 million fund, a key part of the Bute House Agreement and multi-year funding across this parliament was announced on Nature Day at COP26.

In the latest Transforming Nature round of the Scottish Government's Nature Restoration Fund over thirty projects will share £7.6 million. Read the latest news release of 24 February 2023 which includes the projects approved for funding.

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

Successful projects - 2022

Projects granted NRF funding in 2022 -

Find out more

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Successful projects - 2021

Projects granted NRF funding in 2021 - Nature Restoration Fund (NRF) 2021 - successful projects.

Story Map

The Nature Restoration Fund Story Map features projects from the 2022 Helping Nature round which are underway or have completed.

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Nature Restoration Fund - Helping Nature 2022/23