Harvesting and Processing

Scotland’s woodlands and forests are a vital national resource and play an important role in rural development and sustainable land use.

As well as helping to reduce the impacts of climate change and providing timber for industry, our forests enhance and protect the environment and provide opportunities for public enjoyment.

The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) will support:

  • the creation of new woodlands – contributing towards the Scottish Government target of 10,000 hectares of new woodlands per year
  • the sustainable management of existing woodlands

During the Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014–2020, £252 million will be available through this scheme.

You can apply for support under eight categories:

  • two for the creation of woodland
  • six for management of existing woodland

Within some of these categories, there is a range of funding options which relate to specific types of project or work.

Before you apply for grants under the Forestry Grant Scheme, please read the option guidance to ensure that your application meets the eligibility rules for the options you are applying for and to ensure that you submit all required documents.

Applications for the Forestry Grant Scheme are online only and you first need to be registered with Rural Payments and Services.

Important Note: You must not have undertaken any works you are proposing within your FGS application prior to applying for a grant and you must not commence works until you have received an approved contract.

Full scheme guidance

Scheme delivery

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