Securing relevant funding is crucial for delivering flood risk management actions and the multiple-benefits that projects and initiatives can provide. This workshop aims to explore the potential sources of funding available to local authorities, and the skills & know-how needed to access them. Importantly this includes funds to maximise opportunities for multiple benefits such as greenspace, wellbeing, community engagement and river restoration.

The workshop will provide participants with insights into what makes a funding bid successful from a range of funding bodies. We will also hear the experiences of different local authorities and catchment initiatives to secure funding for flood risk management and multiple benefits.

NB! This workshop is not about accessing the flooding capital grant which is distributed within the local government settlement.

Who is this workshop for

The workshop is intended for Local Authority staff and those involved in the delivery of flood risk management actions interested in understanding the funding opportunities available.


Please book your place on Eventbrite by 15 November. Please note places are limited to 2 per local authority and 1 per other organisation.


Coffee and tea available from 10 am



1.      Welcome, introductions and ice breaker

Ruth Wolstenholme, Sniffer


2.      Accessing funding for FRM - the aim of today’s workshop

Will Burnish, Moray Council (on behalf of the steering group)


3.      What makes a funding bid successful? A perspective from a range of funding bodies.


a.      The Water Environment Fund

b.      Foundation Scotland

c.      The Woodland Carbon Code

d.      SNH funding

e.      Landfill tax funding


Q and A




Alice Tree, SEPA

Tom Black, Foundation Scotland

Vicki West, Scottish Forestry

Clive Mitchell, SNH

Andy Martin, SEPA



4.      Case studies and lessons learned from fundees and others.

a.      The Tweed Forum

b.      Central Scotland Green Network Trust

c.      The Den Burn Project

d.      Multiple Benefits and FRM

e.      The Scottish Flood Forum

Q and A



Luke Comins, The Tweed Forum

Emilie Wadsworth, CSGN

Despoina Gogou, Aberdeen City Council

Graeme Hedger, West Lothian Council

Paul Laidlaw, SFF



5.      Introduction to breakout session

Ruth Wolstenholme, Sniffer

13:00 LUNCH



Breakout session – a chance to discuss opportunities in more detail



Discussion – Next steps, how can we build on what we’ve learned?



The future of FRM funding – systemic change?

Q and A.

Kit England, Sniffer


Sum-up, thanks and close

Ruth Wolstenholme, Sniffer

 Close 15:00


Download workshop agenda in pdf here.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please get in touch with us via our email.