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Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF)

Biodiversity Challenge Fund boosted by an additional £2 million from the Programme for Government. Second round launched for projects across Scotland in 2020/2021 – How to Apply

Read our latest press release on the Biodiversity Challenge Fund launch.

The Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF) is a competitive fund which launched in February 2019 with aims to enable targeted action for priority habitats and species, accelerating efforts to help Scotland meet its international biodiversity commitments.

Funding was announced in June 2019 for 14 projects with a focus on improving and restoring habitats, creating/enhancing habitats for key species and, where appropriate, encouraging increased access to nature. These projects are due to complete by 30 September 2020 with their outputs included in Aichi target reporting.

The fund has now been boosted by an additional £2 million from the Programme for Government and following a launch on 4 December we are seeking applications for a further round of projects across Scotland in 2020/2021. Continuing the focus to help meet international biodiversity commitments and address the drivers of biodiversity loss, the fund will further focus on action to help tackle the climate emergency and includes Marine as a priority area for action.

This round is currently open for Applications.

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