Other sources of funding
The Scottish Marine Environmental Enhancement Fund is not the only source of funding available to restoration projects, for example, you could approach local aquaculture and renewable energy companies in your area for direct funding. Here are some additional ideas for places to look for support. Please check with the organisations concerned for more details.
- The Sottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund is a competitive fund administered by NatureScot which supports projects that restore wildlife and habitats on land and sea and address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.
- Monitoring Equipment fund: The Community Marine Monitoring Equipment Fund is a dedicated fund aimed specifically at supporting community and local groups with the purchase of marine survey equipment to participate in community-led marine biodiversity surveys and monitoring.
The Community Capacity Grants Programme aims to provide early-stage financial support for local projects that will help achieve the following objectives:
- Create self-sustaining community enterprises that will promote sustainable development through the provision of local economic, social, and/or environmental benefits.
- Contribute to the regeneration of places through improvements to buildings or community spaces that will support self-sustaining community enterprises delivering sustainable development.
The fund is open to all communities that are:
- Situated up to 5 miles from coastal and estuarine foreshore in Scotland; or
- Situated up to 5 miles from the Scottish Crown Estate’s four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Whitehills and Applegirth)
The Baillie Gifford Community Awards support grass roots community organisations across the whole of Scotland and replaces Foundation Scotland’s Express Grants programme. The fund includes the environment as one of its priority areas for grant giving.
A small grants fund run by volunteers. Grants are available from a range of themed funds up to £10,000 for the ‘Innovation Grants’.
Here are two examples of the many Charitable Trusts which fund environmental work, others are available and we encourage you to research these carefully to identify a close fit to your funding needs.
The objectives of the Trust are widely drawn. In the past they have supported young people, wildlife conservation and humanitarian aid. They fund both capital and revenue costs.
The Trust fund exists primarily to assist bodies helping medicine, the environment and education across Scotland.