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Scottish Rural Development Programme

Current SRDP (2014 - 2020)

The 2014-20 SRDP (Scottish Rural Development Programme) offers funding for rural Scotland. A key aim of the SRDP is to deliver natural heritage benefits including biodiversity, landscape, climate change, water and soil quality, and public access. The SRDP is delivered by the Scottish Government in partnership with other public bodies including SNH and Forestry Commission Scotland. More information can be found on the Scottish Government's SRDP website external site .

The 2014-20 SRDP includes the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) and the Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS).  

AECS includes funding for access projects, under the IPA Option (Improving Public Access).  FGS also includes funding for access projects in woodland (see WIAT).

 If you are considering applying to SRDP for management of your designated sites (SSSI, SPA, SAC) we strongly recommend that you contact SNH to discuss your proposals before submitting an application. 

For help or advice with SRDP please see the SRDP contacts page.

The previous SRDP (2007-13) included the following schemes:

  • Rural Development Contracts - Land Managers Options
  • Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities
  • Less Favoured Area
  • Support Scheme Crofting Counties Agricultural Grant Scheme
  • Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation Grant Scheme
  • Forestry Commission Challenge Funds The LEADER initiative Skills Development Scheme

Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities external site :  The RP scheme has been replaced by the new schemes noted above (AECS and FGS).  However, any RP contracts that are already in place will carry on until their expiry date.

 Extensions to existing Rural Priorities contracts:  Scottish Government offered 1 year extensions for all Rural Priorities agri-environment contracts which ended in December 2013, including contracts on SSSIs or Natura sites. Some contracts received further extensions in 2015. 

Rural Development Contracts - Land Managers' Options:  The LMO scheme started in March 2008. It offered a more limited range of measures than Rural Priorities. LMO is closed to new applications from 2014.

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