Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund (NRF)

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 is now welcoming applications from local authorities and National Park authorities for the competitive element under the ‘Edinburgh Process’, with applications closing on 30 June 2022 – How to apply.

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.

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.

Find out more

Read our latest news release - Protecting and enhancing nature (6th June 2022)