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Funding

​Looking after Scotland’s nature and landscapes isn’t our responsibility alone. Funding helps land managers, charities and others to contribute too.

Scottish Natural Heritage is committed to working with others to invest in Scotland’s nature and landscapes and bring more benefits to more people.

In 2018/19, we will distribute some £2.5 million in funding to natural heritage projects whose priorities tie in with our own.

For 2019, we have launched the Biodiversity Challenge Fund.  This fund has a budget of up to £2 million for projects that will be implemented during the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years.  The Biodiversity Challenge Fund has now closed for applications. More information is available on the Biodiversity Challenge Fund page.

In 2018 we launched the Outdoor Learning in Nature Fund. This fund has a budget of £600,000 over 2 years.  More information is available on the Outdoor Learning in Nature Fund page.

Peatland Action offers funding for peatland restoration projects in support of the Climate Change Plan outcomes.  Further information is available on the Peatland Action page.

The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund will deliver £5m of ERDF money to support new opportunities to promote the outstanding scenery, wildlife and culture of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in ways which support inclusive and sustainable economic growth. More information on can be found at Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund.

We are also the lead partner for the ERDF Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention which will distribute £8m during its first phase through the Green Infrastructure Fund and the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund. More information can be found at Green Infrastructure Scotland.

The main source of funding for farming and forestry in Scotland is the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014–2020. Current schemes include the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (including the improving public access option) and Forestry Grant Scheme. You should talk to us before you apply for SRDP funding for a designated site or new path.  More information is available on the SRDP pages.

Whatever your project, you should seek funding from a range of sources to ensure that you get it off the ground. We offer a useful list of some of the most widely used funding sources for natural heritage projects.