Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund (NRF)

Application window now closed for submitting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Transforming Nature applications of over £250,000 and applications for the development of Transforming Nature projects of over £250,000.

Nature Restoration Fund 2022

Nature Restoration Fund, Transforming Nature, a competitive funding stream for projects seeking grants of over £250,000 is now closed for Expressions of Interest.

Where EoIs have been successful, full applications are invited for ambitious, transformative projects of single or multi-year duration and with a funding requirement in excess of £250,000. 

A separate development option under the Transforming Nature stream of the Nature Restoration Fund has also closed for Expressions of Interest. Where development EoI's have been successful, applications will be invited from applicants seeking to fund a development phase for projects of over £250k.

Read our latest 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.

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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.

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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.