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.

March 2015 – Forestry Grant Scheme launched

The Forestry Grant Scheme opened on 30 March 2015. This note explains how we'll deal with your application. It has important information about what you need to do when you apply. There are also updates on issues with the online application system.

August 2015 – update on Forestry Grant Scheme options

Funding is available for Harvesting and Processing and Forest Infrastructure options. The Forestry Co-operation option will open early for applications in 2015, and funding in 2016. The WIG Planning – Deer Management Plan option opens on 1 October 2015. You can also read details of some changes to other option guidance.

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).


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.