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

Timber transport lorry

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 will be 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?

To begin the application process, you should first complete an Outline information on potential bids form (Word 81KB) and discuss your proposal with the Project Officer at the relevant Regional Timber Transport Group.

  • 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 (PDF 58KB).

How do I submit a full application for funding?

Full details of the process for applying for STTS funding can be found here:

The deadline for applications for 2019/20 is 10am on Tuesday 23 April.

The application form should be completed electronically and submitted along with a letter of support from the relevant Regional Timber Transport Group - to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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
Scottish Forestry
Silvan House
231 Corstorphine Road
EH12 7AT

It is anticipated that those receiving awards will be notified by mid June 2019, though this may be later where further clarification and/or additional information, approvals etc are required. 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 2016 (PDF 170KB)
  • If you have any questions about the Scottish Timber Transport Fund, please contact Roland Stiven, Timber Transport Forum Project Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0131 240 1418.