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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 2017/18, we will distribute some £3 million in grant support to natural heritage projects whose priorities tie in with our own. For 2018, we have launched the Outdoor Learning in Nature Fund. This fund has a budget of £600,000 over 2 years. The fund is not currently open for applications.  

Peatland Action has a further fund of £8m to spend on peatland restoration in 2017/18 in support of the Climate Change Plan outcomes.  Further updates on 2018/19 funding will be available shortly.

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 www.greeninfrastructurescotland.org.uk

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.

In Scotland, LIFE Nature and Biodiversity funding supports large-scale projects – worth more than £2m – that help to apply the European Habitats and Birds Directives or halt biodiversity loss. We deal with LIFE Nature and Biodiversity funding applications for the Scottish Government.

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.