Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund (NRF)

Nature Restoration Fund 2022 - Transforming Nature

Thirty-one applications have been offered funding in the latest round of the Scottish Government's Nature Restoration Fund.  Read our latest news release on 14 December 2022.  The full list of projects awarded funding will be published early next year.

Further application opportunities

The next application call for the £25,000 to £250,000 Helping Nature stream is expected to be in early 2023.

The next application call for the over £250,000 Transforming Nature stream is expected to be in mid 2023. 

Read our news release 'Scaling up nature restoration - £3.5 million for landscape-scale biodiversity projects'.

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. 

In July 2022 around £5m of funding was awarded to 46 projects in the £25k to £250k round of the fund.  In addition, all local authorities, plus Scotlands two National Parks, have received a share of £6.5 million directly from the Scottish Governments Edinburgh Process Fund - the second stream of the annual Nature Restoration Fund.

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

Successful projects - 2022

For a full list of projects that were granted NRF funding for the £25k to £250k round of the fund in July 2022, see our Nature Restoration Fund (NRF) 2022 – successful projects web page.

Find out more

Read our latest news release - 

Successful projects - 2021

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

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