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 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:
- Strategic Timber Transport Scheme Application Form (Word 174KB)
- Application guidance (PDF 249KB): Provides user guidance and funding rules.
- Application flow chart (PDF 171KB): Stages of the application process, from project inception to approval.
The deadline for applications for 2019/20 is 10am on Tuesday 23 April.
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
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)