Applications for the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme (STTS). 

Scottish Forestry are very pleased to announce that the 2024-25 competitive funding round of the Sustainable Timber Transport Scheme is open and will be accepting applications until midnight 21st March.

What is the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme?

Since 2005, the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme (STTS) has financed projects that facilitate the sustainable transport of timber in rural areas of Scotland and deliver benefits for local communities and the environment through innovative projects and partnerships. 

The fund typically contributes 50% of the costs of successful applications, with the remainder coming from Local Authorities and/or forestry sector partners. To date, almost four hundred projects have been completed at a total value of £124m with another twenty-seven projects still in process for last year.

Is my project eligible for STTS funding?

To check if you're project is eligible for the STTS, please read the updated STTS guidance.

If your proposal needs felling approval, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or is a collaborative haul route, you should read our planning ahead for your STTS application guidance note. Remember, collaboration and partnerships are one of the key criteria so it’s important to give all your project partners the chance to contribute to project development and give the RTTGs time to discuss and provide support for applications.

Preparatory Project Grants

It's 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. Please note, applications for Preparatory Projects Grants can be submitted at any time subject to funding, with further guidance and application forms available online.

How do I apply?

Please read the updated STTS guidance and complete the STTS application form. Please try to keep applications to one comprehensive PDF/Word document. Compress images and maps within the application document to keep the file size down. We will accept electronic signatures or scanned signatures for applications in this round. Full guidance is given in the attached forms.

Agents applying on behalf of forest owners must submit a STTS mandate form.

Applications should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Please feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for STTS information, application support, and general enquiries relating to the scheme.

Related documents and case studies

Strategic Timber Transport Scheme

Strategic Timber Transport Fund: Update Report 2023

Strategic Timber Transport Scheme Sign guidance