Biodiversity fund

As part of our ScotRail in the Community initiatives, the Biodiversity Fund is here to help our station adopters sustain and improve Scottish ecosystems.

Individuals or groups already involved in the ScotRail Adopt a Station scheme are invited to apply for funding for projects aiming to increase biodiversity in stations and their local area.

The fund is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful, a registered charity who are committed to making Scotland clean, green and more sustainable.

The application must fit within at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for funding:

  • Biodiversity planting (wildflower meadow, woodland etc)
  • Provision of physical aides such as bird boxes
  • Information and communication
  • Planting of native species in accessible areas for the enjoyment of the public and/or ScotRail employees
  • Educational events
  • Protecting and enhancing existing native flora and fauna

Download and complete the application form below and make sure you include a full breakdown of costs for your project. Really sell the idea – make it stand out.

Download the Biodiversity Fund application form

Applications open on 31st May 2016 and close on 31st October 2016. Applicants will be informed of the success of their application in January 2017.

Submitting applications

Once completed, send your application form by email or post to Keep Scotland Beautiful:

  • [email protected]
  • ScotRail Fund, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Glendevon House, The Castle Business Park, FK9 4TZ

This fund is specifically for those individuals and groups already involved with the ScotRail Adopt a Station scheme.

Find out more about station adoption here

Awards will range from a minimum of £100 to a maximum of £5,000 (inclusive of any VAT that may be applicable). Applicants requesting upwards of £500 will be required to demonstrate significant contribution to the local environment.

  • A panel comprising of ScotRail staff will meet to assess and make decision on which applications to award funding to
  • Applications will be assessed against the awards criteria of the ScotRail Awards Scheme and those which most closely match them will be approved. We would like to support communities throughout Scotland, and this will be considered in the approval process
  • Applicants will be contacted in January 2017 with the outcome of their application
  • Those successful will be sent a cheque in the post
  • The full amount applied for must be spent by December 2017
  • Receipts must be kept to evidence how the grant has been spent. Audits will be carried out
  • The money can be spent on anything that fits the award criteria
  • You will be expected to complete a report on the progress of your project
    Download the Biodiversity Fund report form

Download further guidance and FAQs here

For more information or help filling out your application, please contact Keep Scotland Beautiful:

  • [email protected]
  • ScotRail Fund, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Glendevon House, The Castle Business Park, FK9 4TZ