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Biodiversity Challenge Fund

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The newly launched Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF) is a competitive fund with a budget of up to £2 million which aims to enable targeted action for priority habitats and species, accelerating efforts that will help Scotland meets its international biodiversity commitments. Please see BCF - How to apply for key dates. We recommend Expressions of Interest are submitted by 22 March 2019 at the latest.

Scottish Natural Heritage will invest up to £2 million in projects across Scotland that focus on improving and restoring habitats, creating/enhancing habitats for key species and, where appropriate, encourage increased access to nature.

Action is needed on the following Aichi targets:

  • Habitat loss reduced (Aichi target 5)
  • Sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and forestry (Aichi target 7)
  • Invasive species (Aichi target 9)
  • Ecosystems vulnerable to climate change (Aichi target 10)

The fund is for projects that will be implemented during the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years, with projects starting from May 2019. ‘On the ground’ action must be complete by 30 September 2020 to be included in the Aichi target reporting. 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund prioritises nature and wants to encourage projects applying to the Biodiversity Challenge Fund to also apply for match funding of up to £100,000 for eligible projects.

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