Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 - 2020

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£10 million Environmental Co-operation Action Fund (ECAF) launches

Applications are now being accepted for a new £10 million rural development scheme aimed at protecting and enhancing Scotland’s magnificent natural environment.

The Environmental Co-operation Action Fund (ECAF) is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and European Union under the Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

It is the first ever scheme specifically developed to fund the facilitation of landscape-scale projects that meet the Scottish Government’s environmental priorities.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead said: “People who work the land are the custodians of Scotland’s magnificent natural environment. Our country’s stunning landscapes, iconic wildlife and diverse ecosystems are world-renowned and underpin our rural economy.

“And, with the agriculture and land use sector accounting for a fifth of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, this scheme will also contribute to Scotland’s world-leading climate change targets as part of the greenest Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) we have ever had.”

As well as ECAF, Forestry Commission Scotland is running a ‘Forestry Co-operation Option’ (as part of the Forestry Grant Scheme) for qualifiying woodland creation and woodland management co-operative projects.

Full details of ECAF and the Forestry Co-operation Option are available here, including full scheme guidance and how to apply.

The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 - 2020?




The Scottish Rural Development Programme


The  Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020 delivers Pillar 2 of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It funds economic, environmental and social measures for the benefit of rural Scotland. The key purpose of the SRDP 2014 - 2020 is to help achieve sustainable economic growth in Scotland’s rural areas and the priorities remains broadly the same as the previous programme:  The main priorities are:


  • Enhancing the rural economy
  • Supporting agricultural and forestry businesses
  • Protecting and improving the natural environment
  • Addressing the impact of climate change
  • Supporting rural communities


After extensive negotiations the SRDP 2014 - 2020 was formally approved by the European Commison on 26 May 2015. The final 2014 - 2020 programme document is available as well as a separate glossary of terms that are used throughout the document. The SRDP is a programme of schemes developed to benefit rural Scotland.


Further information on the development of the SRDP 2014 - 2020  is available.



Looking for more information?


SRDP Schemes


list of the schemes that make up the SRDP, along with a brief description, is available.  Should you wish to apply for funding or to access scheme guidance as well information on the payment rates please go to the Rural Payments and Services website.


Scottish Rural Network


The Scottish Rural Network website is a one-stop-shop for news, events and information about rural development, helping to make connections with other people, communities, organisations and businesses across rural Scotland and beyond.


Pillar 1 of the CAP - Direct payments


Information on Pillar 1 of the CAP can be found at - Direct payments including Greening 


Rural Matters Facebook page


To provide you with more information, we are inviting you to sign up to RPID’s new Facebook page, to help us engage with you, our rural stakeholders better. Please sign up now and press ‘like’ to follow us - Rural Matters.