Forestry Grant Scheme


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

Rural Payments and Services has detailed information about the Forestry Grant Scheme and guides on making an application. You will need to register on their website to apply

For questions about the Forestry Grant Scheme, contact your local conservancy. For queries about online registration contact your local RPID office.

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Categories, options and technical help

We publish detailed advice about parts of the Forestry Grant Scheme. This is helpful if you're thinking about making an application for a grant.

The documents are grouped on pages relating to each option:


FCS Briefing Note 1 – launch of the Forestry Grant Scheme

The Forestry Grant Scheme opened to new applications on 30 March 2015. Briefing Note 1 (PDF 74KB)explains how we'll deal with your application and gives important information about what you need to do when you apply. There are also key updates about known issues with the computer system.

FCS Briefing Note 2 – Update on Forestry Grant Scheme options

Briefing Note 2 (PDF 105KB) is about the earlier opening for Harvesting and Processing and Forest Infrastructure option applications. Funding is now available in 2015. The Forestry Co-operation option will also open earlier than expected for applications in 2015, funding in 2016. The WIG Planning – Deer Management Plan option will open for applications on 1 October 2015. You can also read details of some changes that we have made to other option guidance.


Target areas

Higher payments rates will apply to both initial planting and annual maintenance for Conifer, Diverse Conifer and Broadleaves options in some target areas, such as:

  • Areas noted as 'Preferred' or 'Potential' (or equivalent) in the relevant Local Authority Woodland Strategy
  • Areas identified by Cairngorms National Park Authority for woodland expansion
  • Woodlands to be planted within one of the priority areas identified in the FCS-SEPA opportunity mapping projects, as likely to provide multiple benefits for natural flood management and water quality. This applies to Diverse Conifer, Broadleaves, Native Scots Pine, Native Upland Birch, Native Broadleaves, Native Low Density Broadleaves and Small or Farm Woodland options. See Woodlands for Water (PDF 662K)


Large Scheme Area threshold

For the Conifer, Native Scots Pine and Native Broadleaves options, there is an area threshold of 300 hectares per option, above which the payment rates will be reduced for the area above the threshold. The reduced rate will only apply to the initial planting and maintenance payments.


Central Scotland Green Network contribution

Within the CSGN area a contribution is available due to additional costs for establishment. To be eligible for this contribution at least 50% of the suitable option(s) must be within the CSGN area and supporting the local authority woodland strategy objectives for woodland expansion. This contribution is subject to an area cap of 40 hectares per application.

CSGN technical guidance provides information to help you apply for this. 


Rural Payments and Services IT system – Issues, hints and tips

Known issues version 1.11 (PDF 162KB) updated 6 November 2015, lists the latest known issues with the IT system used to apply for Forestry Grant Scheme grants. We expect these issues to be fixed quickly and will update the list each week. Please read these hints and tips (PDF 79K) to help with your online application.