IFLI Legacy

IFLI Management & Maintenance Fund

As part of the legacy arrangements of the National Lottery Heritage funded Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) that ran between 2014 and 2018, the Inner Forth Futures partnership administers a £123,000 fund to provide one-off grants between 2018 and March 2024. The amount allocated annually varies and all applications are reviewed on their own merit by the Inner Forth Futures Steering Group. To find out more about the fund we invite you to download the following documents:

Applications can be made at any time and will be considered as soon as possible at an Inner Forth Futures Steering Group Meeting. This is usually within 4-6 weeks. If after reading the guidance note you are interested in applying for funding but are unsure whether your organisation or activity is eligible, please contact the IFF team to discuss: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Who can apply?

Any organisation or group that seeks to benefit the natural, cultural or built heritage of the Inner Forth area or Inner Forth people and communities. Whether you are a community group and organisation that worked closely with and benefitted from IFLI projects or a group that the IFLI project did not work with, you are encouraged to make an enquiry or apply.

Where can funding be spent?

On projects, activities or sites located within the Inner Forth Futures partnership area. Geographically, this includes parts of Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Fife local authority areas as shown on the map within the guidance note.

What activities are eligible for funding?

Activity that benefits the natural, cultural and built heritage of the Inner Forth or Inner Forth people and communities. The IFLI Management and Maintenance Fund is divided into two discrete pots, each with their own criteria. 

  • Pot 1: Access, natural and built heritage management and maintenance funding. Actions and activity that will directly manage, maintain or enhance a project that was delivered as part of IFLI. For example, but not limited to carrying out urgent repairs; replacement of tools or plants; printed literature or webhosting; repairs to access infrastructure. This pot has three tiers, tier 1 is for emergency or urgent repairs.
  • Pot 2: Training and support legacy funding. Projects or activity that will support ongoing training (formal or informal) within the Inner Forth area for individuals or groups of any age. For example, but not limited to: apprentice or training schemes; costs to run educational sessions or workshops using IFLI project sites (including production of learning materials); training costs for community groups working on or expanding IFLI projects and themes (eg habitat management, species identification, heritage research/archaeology skills, heritage interpretation, or specialist equipment training).

We welcome applications that can show match funding (cash, volunteer or in-kind contributions) as well as those that are seeking full funding.

Application Top Tips
  1. Before applying, download and read over the Applicant Guidance Note, Application Form and Requirements for Funding Recipients. These outline examples of activity we are seeking to fund and set out what we need to know about the activity in order to consider your application. It also explains what requirements we ask you to fulfil if you are awarded funding by us.
  2. Contact Kate, the IFF Project Manager before you submit your application - The IFF team are always interested in discussing activity that you are seeking funding for and can help with your queries. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the IFF Team is mostly working from home and calls to the office will not be answered. To contact us please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07860 592 061.
  3. Remember that you can apply to Pot 1 and Pot 2 on the same form. 
Activities we have funded so far

Between September 2018 and March 2020 we were pleased to be able to support:

  • The Inner Forth Futures in carrying out a re-print of the Go Forth booklet and refresh of the Inner Forth Futures website.
  • Volunteer training in orchard management - West Fife Woodlands. You can read the report about the work here.
  • Tawny owl nest box creation and installation - Falkirk Wildlife Group. You can read the report here.
  • Archaeological training dig at Abbey Craig - Stirling Council. You can read the report about the work  here.
  • Wildflower meadow mowing at Grangepans, Kinneil Foreshore and Polmont - Falkirk Council. You can read the report here. There is a separate report for work at Polmont Woods here
  • Woodland and wildlife activity sessions with school groups - Falkirk Council. You can read the report here.
  • Meadow management volunteer training and activities at Kinneil Estate meadows - Falkirk Community Trust. 
  • Training for RSPB Scotland Falkirk and Clackmannanshire nature reserve volunteers - RSPB Scotland. Activity ongoing to March 2021.
  • Work on the RSPB Skinflats Nature Reserve managed realignment. You can read the report about the work here.
  • Orchard maintenance and wildflower meadow creation at Zetland Park - Falkirk Council. You can read the report here.
  • Replacement trees and orchard maintenance at Cambuskenneth orchard - Green Action Trust. 
  • Additional tree work at Kinneil Estate to open up views to the Forth estuary - Falkirk Community Trust. 

Since April 2020 we have provided support the following activities. Much activity was put on hold over 2020-21 due to Covid-19 restrictions and so a number of projects have extended beyond timescales originally planned.

  • Training and equipment for volunteers to lead tours for school groups and Open Days around Clackmannan Tower - Clackmannan Heritage Group.
  • Work with Carrongrange High School pupils and staff to restore and maintain the accessible Green Roof - Falkirk Council & Buglife Scotland.
  • Publish and launch the findings of the Two Lades project as a book and enable more research by volunteers - Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society.
  • Purchase of specialist equipment to enable the ongoing management of a suite of wildflower meadows in the Falkirk area - Falkirk Council.
  • Training courses for participants /volunteers and development of stakeholder engagement for community garden adjacent to Carron Dams Local Nature Reserve - Falkirk Council.
  • Maintenance and upgrade of tern rafts at Bothkennar Lagoons near Skinflats village - Falkirk Council with support from RSPB Scotlad.
  • Wildlife camera trapping project with Falkirk Council schools - Falkirk Council.
  • Habitat work through the Inner Forth Wetland Network project that is supported by the NatureScot Biodiversity Challenge Fund. Activity took place at five sites in Stirling, Falkirk, Fife and Clackmannanshire - RSPB Scotland/IFF Partnership. Find out more about this project on the Inner Forth Habitat Network page.
  • Part-time 2 year contract for a project assistant to help maintain and enhance RSPB's IFLI-funded projects through education, events and training work - RSPB Scotland. Read Robyn's report of her time as Inner Forth Reserves Project Assistant February 2020 to March 2022.
  • Replacement orchard tree planting (Valleyfield Woodland Park, Fife) and brushcutter training for volunteers - West Fife Woodlands Group
  • Replacement orchard tree planting (Cambuskenneth, Stirling) - Green Action Trust.

Image of RSPB staff member pond dipping with young person at event held at RSPB Black Devon Wetlands in Clackmannanshire.