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.
Projects from April 2020 to March 2021
Projects to help improve Scotland’s timber transport network have been awarded £7 million from the Scottish Government.
The awards are drawn from the Strategic Timber Transport Fund which is managed by Scottish Forestry. Projects are co-financed and mostly include improvements to minor rural roads and promote the transport of timber by sea.
Funding has been awarded to projects in Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire, Argyll & Bute, Highland, Perth & Kinross, Lanarkshire, Stirling and the Scottish Borders.
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.
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