Apply for the ReRoute Future Routes Fund

Scottish Natural Heritage, ReRoute and Young Scot are excited to open the The Future Routes Fund. The fund is open to groups and individuals aged 11 – 26 from across Scotland who have an idea which would help young people to connect with nature and make a positive impact on the natural environment in Scotland.  

The purpose of the fund is to help young people to connect with nature and make a positive impact on Scotland’s natural environment and landscapes. If young people can turn their ideas into a reality with this fund, hopefully even more young people will be aware of Scotland’s nature and will be inspired to enjoy and protect it!

Who can apply for funding?

You must be aged 11 to 26 years old and live in Scotland to be eligible for funding.

We want to support all young people who are interested in submitting an idea to the Future Routes Fund. If you have an exciting idea but you aren’t sure how it would work or what it would involve, you should still submit your idea with as much information as possible. Share your thoughts, questions, ideas and vision and we will be happy to support you to develop this if your idea is successful. If you have any questions at any point, then just contact us.  

How much funding could you receive?

An individual can apply for £500 to £2000 and a team (2+) can apply for £1000 to £5000.

The Idea Submission Form asks for details about the individual or team members who are submitting their idea, a summary of the idea, how it meets the fund’s criteria and an outline of the budget to explain how the funding would be spent.

What can you get funding for?

Your ideas could be anything that connects young people to Scotland’s nature, from short films or theatre performances to art exhibitions, conservation projects, discussion days or nature trails. It really is up to you!

We welcome ideas which would:

  • Provide a platform for young people’s opinions about the environment to be heard
  • Encourage young people who have little experience or interest in nature or the outdoors to get involved
  • Show how nature can promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Highlight equality issues and celebrate diversity
  • Showcase the skills of young people

When are the deadlines?

The deadline to submit an Idea Submission Form is Sunday 24th November. 

Idea submission forms will be assessed by a decision-making panel made up of ReRoute, SNH, Young Scot. The decision will be made by Friday 29th November. 

Apply for Funding Now

To apply for funding please read the full Guidance Notes and fill out the Survey Gizmo below or alternatively an Ideas Submission Form.

Please send your completed Idea Submission Form to us by email at or post (no stamp needed) at: 

Future Routes Fund
Young Scot
Freepost EH 1077
EH12 0BR

More Information

If you have any questions about the Future Routes Fund please get in touch with the Young Scot Co-design Team on:

Thank you for applying to the Future Routes Fund - Good Luck!

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