Scottish Land Fund

Supporting urban and rural communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.

Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations
Funding size
£5000 to £1000000
Application deadline


Image credit: Image credit: Connect Community Trust, an example of a project funded for similar work under our Community Led fund.

What’s it all about?

The Scottish Land Fund is open to full applications.

To discuss what we might be able to support, please get in touch with the Scottish Land Fund team at The National Lottery Community Fund on or 0300 123 7110.

You can also contact your existing Scottish Land Fund Adviser if you already have one.

The Scottish Land Fund supports rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.

Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by The National Lottery Community Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects.

Scottish Land Fund awards made since April 2016 (PDF 286KB)

What are we looking for?

The Scottish Land Fund is open to organisations in both urban and rural Scotland which are community-led, community-controlled and defined by a geographic area.

Successful applicants will clearly demonstrate that their project will help their local community to:

  • achieve more sustainable economic, environmental and/or social development through ownership of land and buildings
  • have a stronger role in and control over their own development
  • own well managed, financially sustainable land and buildings.

We will prioritise applications that can demonstrate significant positive impact for the community as a whole. Applicants will have the opportunity to test out and develop their ideas with support from a Scottish Land Fund Adviser.

Grants of between £5,000 and £1 million are available to fund the purchase of land or land assets.

Applicants can be from one of a wide range of representative community bodies, including voluntary organisations, social enterprises or community councils.

How to apply

To apply, contact The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland to discuss your idea at or on 0300 123 7110. If your project is eligible you will be assigned a Scottish Land Fund Adviser from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, who will help you develop your idea and get ready to submit your application.

The National Lottery Community Fund is a Real Living Wage Friendly Funder. This means that we encourage our applicants to pay their staff the UK Living Wage.

Visit the real Living Wage page for more information

Related documents

Get help using our electronic forms here.

Reduce your environmental footprint

The National Lottery Community Fund cares about our environment and are always striving to manage our environmental impact. We encourage and support projects and communities to do the same. Learn more about how you can make your project or event more environmentally sustainable and perhaps save money at the same time.


As an organisation that gives out public funds, we carry out some checks on the information you provide us. Learn more about our checks

Scottish Land Fund committee

The Scottish Land Fund Committee are appointed by Scottish Ministers to oversee the Fund, and to take decisions on applications from community groups for grants for acquisition of land and land assets.

Please read our blog which introduces the seven members of the Scottish Land Fund Committee.

Scottish Land Fund committee minutes

August 2023 (PDF, 107 KB)

May 2023 (DOCX, 37 KB)

March 2023 (DOCX, 37 KB)

November 2022 (DOCX, 36 KB)

August 2022 (DOCX, 35 KB)

May 2022 (DOCX, 34 KB)

March 2022 (DOCX, 33 KB)

December 2021 (DOCX, 27 KB)

September 2021 (DOCX, 25 KB)

July 2021 (DOCX, 25 KB)

February 2021 (DOCX, 37 KB)

February 2021 (DOCX, 21 KB)

Previous minutes are available on request

Already got funding?

Download the Scottish Land Fund logo as well as Scottish Land Fund guidance to acknowledge your grant.