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 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?

To begin the application process, you should first complete an Outline Proposal Form 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.

How do I submit a full application for funding?

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

Find out more

  • Scottish Timber Transport Fund case studies
  • A guide to Improving Timber Transport
  • Details of awards and successful applications can be found in the STTF update report April 2019
  • 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.