Forestry Grant Scheme

The Forestry Grant Scheme supports new woodland creation and sustainable management of existing woodlands. This is through eight category grants from the Scottish Rural Development Plan. We deliver it with the Rural Payments and Inspections Division.

You apply through Rural Payments and Services. It also has information about the scheme, documents and guides on making an application. You need to register there to apply.

For questions about FGS, contact your local conservancy. For queries about online registration contact your local RPID office.


Forestry Grant Scheme updates

Formal updates released during the grant scheme lifecycle.

November 2015 – prior notification of forestry tracks/private ways

Guidance on aligning information for stakeholders involved in forestry private ways. It has details of the Prior Notification (PN) of forestry private ways administered by local Planning Authorities (PA).

September 2016 – Forestry grants budget availability in 2016

Forestry Grant Scheme capital grant is still available for the 2016 claim year. This note details three measures to encourage capital grant spend in 2016, including bringing 2017 claim years forward and changes to threshold scores.

October 2016 – Budget categories and threshold scores

This note provides an update on changes to threshold scores for Forestry Grant Scheme and the current availability of grant funding. Changes to threshold scores affect applications with a 2017 claim year.

November 2016 – Budget categories and threshold scores

This note provides an update on changes to threshold scores for Forestry Grant Scheme and the current availability of grant funding. Changes to threshold scores affect applications with a 2017 claim year including WIG – Restructuring Regeneration and WIG – Planning options.

Rural Payments and Services IT system

Latest issues with the Forestry Grant Scheme grants application system. Updated 31 August 2016.

Please read these hints and tips (PDF 79K) to help with your application.