Please note that you can only apply for grants online; there is no paper application process.
Essentials before you start
If you intend to submit an application using Rural Payments online:
• You must register your land with Scottish Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (SGRPID) using their Land and Business Change Form to get:
o a Business Reference Number (BRN)
o Land Parcel Identifiers (LPID) – unique 12 digit numbers for your fields or land parcel.
• Your agent must register if they will be submitting the application – use Form AA1 to do this.
• You must register and enrol with Rural Payments online to get a Government Gateway user ID. This will allow you to make an online application.
If you are a tenant then you must discuss your proposals with the landlord. You must complete a Landlord Notification Form to show that your landlord is content with the proposals.
If you intent to create new woodlands then you must complete the Landlord’s Consent Form.
If you have a short term tenancy then you must also complete the Landlord's Declaration Form.
Woodland Creation schemes
You should use Forestry Commission Scotland’s Land Information Search to check if there are any constraints, such as archaeological sites, Special Protection Areas or other grant schemes on the land where you intend to plant trees.
For large scale planting you may be asked to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment and provide an Environmental Statement. The majority of woodland planting schemes do not require an EIA.
Documents to submit with your proposal
Most of the forestry options require you to submit certain documents with your proposal. You should check the relevant Scottish Government website page to see what’s required for the option that you choose. The links on the Forestry Grants page will assist you.
For further information you can contact one of our Case Officers at your local Forestry Commission Scotland Conservancy Office.