Choosing your Regional Priority, Package and Option
Decide your Regional Priority
Firstly identify the region you are in from the electronic map on the Rural Priorities page on the Scottish Government website.
You will be presented with a list of the Regional Priorities for that Region. Some of these have more than one number because they cover multiple aims within that Priority.
Click on any of those Regional Priority links to see a table that describes the aims of each Regional Priority.
Work to meet the Priority
Also listed in the table are the code numbers for the packages of work that if carried out will help to meet that Regional Priority. You can see the individual Package names and their code numbers listed on the right hand side of the page.
Click on the appropriate package and then on the option listed on that page to get details.
- You can see which packages contain all of the forestry options in the packages and options chart (MS Word 89k).
Making the application
You can see an overview of the application process on the Scottish Government’s How it Works page.
Statement of Intent (SOI)
If you submit an SOI before you make your online application, feedback will be provided to you about your proposals. You do not need to submit this document for any of the Forestry options but you will not get any feedback at this early stage from your Case officer. Instead you can go straight to completing your online application.
Forestry Outcome Plan
You must complete a Forestry Outcome Plan for all Forestry options. You will be able give details about how the work will meet your selected Regional Priority. This will ask you to give supplementary detail to that given in your on-line proposal.
If you are also applying for non-forestry Options the you must also complete an Environmental Outcome Plan.
Submitting a map
A map is required for forestry options. You must meet certain standards. Information is available on our Technical Help Guides pages
- Woodland Creation – Technical Help
- Sustainable Management of Forests – Technical Help
- Woodland Improvement Grant – Technical Help
- Forestry related options – Technical Help
Proposals that contain only forestry options are approved on an ongoing basis and therefore do not need to wait on RPAC approval. Your Case Officer will assess your proposal and assign it a score. It will be approved if your application scores above the nationally set threshold.
You will need to sign up to certain conditions and we must confirm receipt of your signed agreement before you start any work.
For more information about the process see the How it works page on the Scottish Government website.