Future Routes Fund 2024

Heads up!! If you have a great idea on your mind to help young people connect with nature and take action for biodiversity and the climate, applications for The Future Routes Fund are open now.

The Future Routes Fund is created by and for young people, supporting projects led by individuals aged 11-26. The aim is to help young people enhance their local environment, provide more chances to connect with nature, boost their knowledge of Scottish biodiversity, and empower them to take positive action for nature and the climate. 


Who can apply? Anyone aged between 11-26 living in Scotland can apply, whether as an individual or as part of a team. 


Funding amounts: 

Individuals can apply for £500 to £2,000. 

Teams (2 or more) can apply for £1,000 to £5,000. 


How to apply:  

The application process is designed to be straightforward for young people. Be sure to read the Guidance document before submitting your idea. You can find this guide and the Idea Submission form on the application page. 

If you have any questions, need the information in a different format or language, or require other support, please email futureroutesfund@nature.scot. 


Key Dates: 

Idea Submission Deadline: 19 June 2024 

Decision Announcements: 10 July 2024 

Project Completion: By 30 November 2024 


All applications will be reviewed by a panel of young people and NatureScot representatives, who will decide which projects receive funding. Successful projects must be completed by the end of November 2024. 


Interested in joining the panel of young assessors? NatureScot is also looking for young people to join the panel that reviews applications and decides on funding. If you’re interested, email futureroutesfund@nature.scot before 3 June with an expression of interest. 


More about the fund: The Future Routes Fund was established by Scotland’s youth biodiversity panel, ReRoute, in collaboration with NatureScot and YoungScot. The fund, initially launched in 2018 during Scotland’s Year of Young People, has £100,000 available over five years for projects that engage young people with nature. Although there was a pause due to Covid, the fund is now back to support young people in taking environmental action. 


Previous recipients include: 

The Vennie Community Garden 

Indi Youth 

Kinlochbervie High School 

Eat, Sleep, Ride CIC 

5th Giffnock Guides 

Nature 4 Wellbeing Sake 

SiMY Community Development 

Cairngorms National Park Junior Project 

Renfrewshire Nature’s Guardians 


For any further questions, please contact NatureScot at futureroutesfund@nature.scot. If you’d like to promote the fund to your network, a communications pack is available upon request.