Scottish Crown Estate revenue allocations: 2023 to 2024

Funding allocations from the Scottish Crown Estate to councils to support local projects.

Net revenues generated from Scottish Crown Estate marine assets out to 12 nautical miles are allocated to councils to support community benefit projects in their areas.

The below table shows the amount each council was allocated in 2023 to 2024.

Local council 

Share of total net revenue generated in

2021 to 2022 (£11.2 million)

Aberdeen City  






Argyll and Bute  




Dumfries and Galloway  


Dundee City  


East Lothian  


Edinburgh, City of  


Eilean Siar  






Glasgow City  








North Ayrshire  


Orkney Islands  


Perth and Kinross  




Scottish Borders  


Shetland Islands  


South Ayrshire  




West Dunbartonshire  


West Lothian  




Note: Payments were delayed. Councils were given the option to defer their payments into next financial year. £5.8 million was issued to 14 councils in December 2023.  £5.4 million was issued to the remaining 12 councils, who had opted to defer, in April 2024.

About the funding

Funding is allocated based on net revenue generated by the Scottish Crown Estate from marine assets out to 12 nautical miles. In financial year 2023 to 2024 this was £11,169341.

Payments to councils were based on revenue raised in 2021 to 2022. This is because payments are made in arrears once Crown Estate Scotland’s annual accounts have been finalised.

The amount each council receives is based on a distribution method agreed by the Settlement and Distribution Group, comprising Local government, CoSLA and Scottish Government. The formula takes into account the total sea area in the 0-12 nautical mile zone adjacent to each council and the revenues raised from marine assets within 0-12 nautical miles in each council area

This is the fifth round of payments to councils. Councils are responsible for ensuring projects deliver value for money.

We plan to publish a report detailing how councils have spent their 2021 to 2022 and 2022 to 2023 allocations later in 2024.

Previous Payments

 2019 to 2020 allocations

Based on revenue raised in  

2017 to 2018

2020 to 2021 allocations

Based on revenue raised in 2018-19

2021 to 2022 allocations

Based on revenue raised in 2019 to 2020

2022 to 2023 allocations

Based on revenue raised in

2020 to 2021

2023 to 2024 allocations

Based on revenue raised in

 2021to 2022

£7.2 million

£9.7 million

 £11.4 million

 £11 million

 £11.2 million


2019 to 2020 allocation based on coastline only.

2020 to 2021 allocations onwards based on current hybrid model of 50% coastline + 50% revenue generated locally.

2023 to 2024 allocations. £5.8 million was issued to 14 councils in December 2023.  £5.4 million was issued to remaining 12 councils in April 2024.

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