The Strategic Timber Transport Fund (STTF)

The Strategic Timber Transport Fund supports sustainable timber transport in rural Scotland through:

  • the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme (STTS), which finances projects that minimise impact on fragile roads, and deliver community and environmental benefits;

  • and the Timberlink shipping service, which brings timber across the Firth of Clyde.

Projects to date have included the development of in-forest timber haul roads or roads that help link forests to sea and rail loading facilities. See: Improving timber transport (PDF 356KB) and STTF case studies for more examples.

The Strategic Timber Transport Scheme

The Scottish Strategic Timber Transport Scheme finances projects that:

  • facilitate the sustainable transport of timber in rural areas of Scotland,

  • deliver benefits for local communities and the environment,

  • and maximise the value of monies available through Regional and National Strategic Projects and partnerships.

2017/18 funding – open for applications

We are pleased to open Round 21 for bids with increased funding of £7.05M for the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme (STTS) for 2017/18.

Applications must have all relevant permissions and felling approvals in place before submission. They must also have been discussed with, and obtained the written support of, the relevant Regional Timber Transport Group.

It is important for applicants to clearly state how the proposed works will help to deliver the key objectives of the Scheme in their application.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 24th April 2017, with decisions anticipated by end May.

If required i.e. not all of the funding is committed in Round 21, we will run another round in 2017/18 with a closing date for applications of noon on Monday 31st July. This will be confirmed in early June.

How to apply

Pilot Preparatory Project Grant

For large scale, complex projects and those seeking to deliver modal shift which also meet the Scheme criteria we are piloting a Preparatory Project Grant. These must also be supported by the appropriate Regional Timber Transport Group, and you should liaise with the relevant Project Officer in the first instance.

Projects which receive preparatory funding are expected to result in submission of a full STTS application, but please note an award of Preparatory Project funding does not guarantee an award of full STTS funding.


To start, you should complete an outline information on potential bids (doc 84KB) form and discuss your proposal with the Regional Timber Transport Group (RTTG) Project Officer for that area. Contacts are listed on the Timber Transport Forum website.

If your project is deemed suitable, you will then need to complete a full application. Formal support of the RTTG is a vital part of the assessment and approval process.

If your proposal needs felling approval, an environmental impact assessment and/or is a collaborative haul route, you should read planning ahead of your STTS application (PDF 58KB)

Application form submission

  • When making a full bid for support, you should electronically complete the application form (doc 190KB) (revised March 2016) and submit it along with the letter of support from the RTTG, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • We must receive a hard copy of the application and all supporting documentation with original signatures within one week of the electronic submission. It must include the letter of support from the RTTG, all letters of co-finance and any other supporting evidence.

  • This should be posted to: The Timber Transport Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland, Silvan House, 231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 7AT.

Previous awards and reports

Details of awards and successful applications can be found in the STTF update report April 2016 (PDF 170KB)


If you have any questions, please contact:

Roland Stiven, Timber Transport Forum Project Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0131 240 1418.