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Scottish Land Fund

Supporting urban and rural communities to become more resilient and sustainable
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Funding size:
£10,000 - £1 million
Total available:
£10 million in 2016-17
Application deadline:

What’s it all about?

Beautiful arial view of Great Bernera and Little Bernera, islands west of Lewis Scotland

The Scottish Land Fund supports rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.

Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects.

The success rate for Scottish Land Fund stage one applications is 77%. This is based on decisions made between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. Please read our blog for more information on success rates.

What are we looking for?

Successful applicants will clearly demonstrate that their project will help their local community to:

  • Achieve more sustainable economic, environmental and/or social development through ownership of land and buildings
  • Have a stronger role in and control over their own development
  • Own well managed, financially sustainable land and buildings.

We will prioritise applications that can demonstrate significant positive impact for the community as a whole. Applicants will have the opportunity to test out and develop their ideas with support from a Scottish Land Fund Adviser.

Who can apply?

The Scottish Land Fund is open to organisations in both urban and rural Scotland which are community-led, community-controlled, and defined by a geographic area.

Applicants can be from one of a wide range of representative community bodies, including voluntary organisations, social enterprises or community councils.

Please read the guidance (below) for more information about eligibility.

How to apply

To apply, contact the Big Lottery Fund Scotland to discuss your idea at advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk or on 0300 123 7110. If your project is eligible you will be assigned a Scottish Land Fund Adviser from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, who will help you develop your idea and get ready to submit your application.

You can apply for grants between £10,000 and £1 million to fund the purchase of land or land assets. You can also request some revenue funding to help with the cost of developing your proposal or initial running costs of your project after acquisition.

The Big Lottery Fund is a living wage friendly funder. This means that we encourage our applicants to pay their staff the UK Living Wage.

Please visit our Living Wage page for more information


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation