Supporting impact - Scottish Crown Estate net revenue: local authority use and insights

Net Revenues from the Scottish Crown Estate have been distributed to coastal Local Authorities for the benefit of coastal communities since 2019. This study was commissioned as part of the review process for the first two rounds of distribution of Scottish Crown Estate net revenues.


The problems we face or large-scale, interconnected and challenging to solve.

Net revenues are a small piece of the ongoing puzzle we are trying to collectively put together to lead to a just, sustainable and net zero future. Yet the unique characteristics of these monies, in terms of flexibility, ongoing nature and scale of income for some Local Authorities, provides a key opportunity to unlock disproportionately greater impact and value for coastal communities.

This report is a snapshot of the beginning of the journey, and has highlighted some of the successes and challenges from the first two rounds of distribution. In this final section, we have put forward some overarching ideas and frameworks that might support Local Authority decision-making moving forward, from the financial principles of leveraging and bridging, to the innovative approach of Collective Impact.

Ultimately, each area will be wrestling with locally-specific yet similar questions in the future, and we hope that this information can provide a starting point for knowledge sharing and growth.



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