ERCS was established as part of Scottish Environment LINK (LINK). LINK is the forum and national intermediary for the citizen-led environmental sector. LINK has 40 member bodies with a collective membership of c. 500,000. Members represent a broad range of environmental interests with the common goal of contributing to a sustainable society.
A feasibility study commissioned by LINK’s Legal Strategy Group and published in March 2018 underpins the case for an Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland as an independent organisation to provide four programmes of work: dedicated public education; a legal advice service; advocacy in policy and law reform; and strategic public interest litigation.
In 2019, LINK was delighted to be awarded £120,000 over three years (2020-2022) by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to start this initiative with two part-time workers in post since 20 January 2020. A part-time advocacy worker and administrator joined the ERCS team at the start of September 2020.
Since January 2021, ERCS also receives funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation. An in-house solicitor joined the team in Spring 2021.