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Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund (NRF)

  • Various

  • Created habitats
  • Management
  • Protection
  • Restoration
  • Scotland


The fund aims to catalyse action at a scale to protect and restore Scotland’s biodiversity on land and sea. It 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.

Fund manager & award size


The award size depends on the specific project and the strand of the fund. The Helping Nature strand offers grants of £25,000 to £250,000. The Transforming Nature strand of the Nature Restoration Fund offers grants over £250,000. See the fund website for additional details.


Applications are invited from: 1. Constituted organisations - a) Registered charities and trusts b) Constituted community groups ; 2. Private individuals and companies - where public benefit will be demonstrated ; 3. Partnerships and organisations working collaboratively with others. See the fund website for additional details.

How to apply

See the fund website for guidance.


Application deadline

The Helping Nature strand of 2023 closed for expressions of interest on 6 March 2023. There may be a round of Transforming Nature later in 2023. See the fund website for updates.

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