ScotWays Small Grants Scheme

The scheme awards grants of between £500 and £1,500 to enable community-based and access-related projects which might otherwise not proceed. The grant may be for up to 50% of the total budget for the project, excluding volunteer time. Applicant organisations should be members of ScotWays.

Applications should demonstrate that:

  • The project meets ScotWays’ charitable objective ‘The preservation, defence, restoration and acquisition, for the public benefit, of public rights of access in Scotland, including public rights of way, and related amenity.’ In the past, the Society has been involved in route maintenance, mapping, signing and producing leaflets to make information about routes available to the public.

  • A key aim of ScotWays is to make more information available to the public about Rights of Way and Access generally.

Grant Conditions:

  • The application should demonstrate a public benefit to the project

  • ScotWays will fund up to 50% of the total project cost (excluding volunteer time)

  • The project should not have started before the grant is approved

  • ScotWays will consider giving staff time in lieu of a cash contribution where that best serves the interests of ScotWays and the project

  • ScotWays’ contribution to or involvement with the project should be fully acknowledged in all published materials and on signs and structures erected as part of the project, where appropriate

Download an application form  Completed applications should be sent by email to or by post to:

The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society,
24 Annandale Street,

Supporting documentation, including a project plan, maps and photographs, may also be submitted and should be listed on the application form. We aim to acknowledge receipt within 7 business days. Please do not wait for an application deadline, but be aware that we will review applications as follows:

Applications received by:

Expected outcome notification to applicant:

31 December

mid to end February following.

28 February

mid to end April following.

31 May

mid to end July following.

31 August

mid to end October following.

Please make your application as full as possible to minimise queries.