The Scottish Marine Environmental Enhancement Fund (SMEEF) is a new financial tool designed to help bridge the nature finance gap. We enable those interested in the health of Scottish waters to voluntarily contribute to grant pots which are then strategically distributed to projects across Scotland.
The unique placement of SMEEF, which is managed by a Steering Group of the Scottish Governments Marine Directorate, Crown Estate Scotland and
NatureScot, provides exceptional insight and assures robust governance and transparency.
SMEEF plays a key role in delivering important policy areas including the Blue Economy Vision for Scotland and the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.
SMEEF funds projects that recover, restore or enhance the health of marine and coastal habitats and species from Shetland to the Borders.
Read our first Impact Report HERE. Scroll down for a live map of projects funded to date.
SMEEF aims to be an effective long-running, funding mechanism that will:
The Fund supports a just transition to net zero through grant-aided projects that enhance the marine ecosystem services we all rely upon, including:
Enabling industry to play their part
Through private investment
Overcoming barriers and supporting impactful projects
Science led grant programmes
Many communities, business and individuals are involved in marine restoration across Scotland. Almost ALL the projects on this map received funding through SMEEF since it was established. Donations have come from a range of donors, including the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund as well as private companies. Click on the pins for a short description and be inspired by the range of exciting projects which are happening around our coastline and in our seas. As more SMEEF funded projects get underway, they will be added to this map.