The Strategic Timber Transport Scheme (STTS) finances projects that:
- facilitate the sustainable transport of timber in rural areas of Scotland
- deliver benefits for local communities and the environment
The fund typically contributes 50% of the costs of successful applications, with the remainder coming from local authority or forestry sector partners.
In 2019/20 a total of £7 million is available to support both the TimberLINK shipping scheme and relevant projects through the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme (STTS).
It is also possible to apply for a more limited Preparatory Project Grant to help in the development of large or complex projects which would seek STTS funding in the next round of bids, currently anticipated to be in 2020/21.
Is my project eligible for STTS funding?
- If your project is deemed suitable by the Regional Timber Transport Group, you can then complete and submit your full application.
- If your proposal needs felling approval, an environmental impact assessment, or is a collaborative haul route, you should read our guidance note, Planning ahead of your STTS application
How do I submit a full application for funding?
Full details of the process for applying for STTS funding can be found here:
- Strategic Timber Transport Scheme Application Form
- Application guidance : Provides user guidance and funding rules.
- Application flow chart : Stages of the application process, from project inception to approval.
- Where the lead applicant is acting on behalf of the landowner they must provide a completed Mandate Form confirming they have the landowners permission.
NB: The deadline for applications for 2019/20 has passed. There is currently no date for future submissions.
A hard copy of the application, along with all supporting documentation with original signatures, should be posted to the address below for receipt within one week of the electronic submission.
The Timber Transport Officer
231 Corstorphine Road
Those receiving awards have been notified. The main awards for 2019/20 are highlighted in this news release.
All work must be completed and invoiced to Forestry Commission Scotland by the end of February 2020 at the latest.
Find out more
- Scottish Timber Transport Fund case studies
- A guide to Improving Timber Transport (PDF 356KB)
- Details of awards and successful applications can be found in the STTF update report April 2019