Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund (NRF)

See our 2022 Helping Nature projects in our Story Map

Nature Restoration Fund open for Expressions of Interest

The Nature Restoration Fund streams, Helping Nature, for grants of £25,000 to £250,000 and Transforming Nature, for grants of £250,000 upwards, including development phase funding, are both now open for Expressions of Interest.

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

The Fund

The Scottish Government's Nature Restoration Fund (NRF) is a competitive fund, 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 2021.

Our 2022 Helping Nature projects are shown in our story map.

In the most recent Transforming Nature round of the Scottish Government's Nature Restoration Fund over thirty projects will share £7.6 million. Read the news release of 24 February 2023

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

Find out more

Read our latest news release - Scotland’s £65m nature restoration fund invites projects to apply now (20 July 2023) 

Successful projects 

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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

An accessible list of the projects from the Story Map can be read at Nature Restoration Fund - Our Projects.