Nature Restoration Fund

About the fund

Established by the Scottish Government, the Nature Restoration Fund (NRF) is a capital fund designed to help support projects that will deliver nature restoration, safeguard wildlife, and tackle the causes of biodiversity loss due to climate change.

At last year's COP26, the Scottish Government announced further support of £55 million over a five-year period to specifically target nature restoration projects. Of this, an annual allocation of £5 million will be directly distributed to Local Authorities.

During its first round, the Highland Council did an open call for applications and over £200,000 of funding was awarded to 27 community groups throughout Highland.

Projects approved included:

  • the creation of 13 new wildflower meadow sites
  • 17 tree planting initiatives
  • 7 areas of wetland creation or new wildlife ponds
  • projects to remove invasive non-native species to enhance local habitats for protected species.

The expression of interest stage for the 2022/23 NRF funding round is now closed.