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Updates Regarding Funding Schemes
Since May there have been a number of announcements and updates to industry schemes. Simon Haley returns to summarise these for us.
EAFRD Growth Programme and RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme:
£30 million to improve rural broadband
£45 million to help rural businesses grow and invest in new equipment
£120 million for projects that improve farm productivity
For more information on these programmes please visit here.
RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme:
The first round of applications for funding for large grants towards reservoirs and forestry equipment is now open with a deadline of 3 April 2018.
Two aspects are available:
- ‘Water resource management’ – construction of a water storage reservoir (above or below ground); abstraction point, pump or pipework to fill the reservoir; irrigation pump, controls and underground water distribution main; water metering equipment; best practice application equipment such as boom or trickle irrigation; software and sensors to optimise water application.
- ‘Improving Forestry Production’ – increasing economic return through more efficient felling and extraction processes; adding value to felled timber by primary processing.
The minimum grant available is £35,000 for up to a maximum of 40% of eligible costs.
For more information please visit here.
Funding for broadband, rural business support, on-farm food processing, arable and horticultural productivity and resource efficiency will appear later in 2017. A further £6.6 million will also be made available for animal health and welfare projects.
RDPE Countryside Stewardship Scheme:
Applications will open in January 2018 for the next round of the Woodland Creation Grant.
This will offer up to £6,800/ha to plant, weed and protect trees, with annual maintenance payments available for 10 years.
Guidance and application forms will be available in September 2017.
The initiative is part of a £13 million fund to promote tree planting to protect wildlife, boost timber production and reduce flood risk.
Secretary of State announcement 20 July 2017
“The amount transferred from farmers’ pillar 1 direct payments (i.e. Basic Payment Scheme) to pillar 2 rural development in England (i.e. Countryside Stewardship, Countryside Productivity, LEADER and Growth Programme grants) will remain at 12% for 2019 and 2020.”
In addition to the above, LEADER grants, and Growth Programme grants are still available for application currently, until funds run out!
Anyone who is part of the Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor) assurance schemes that requires help completing the risk assessments and ensuring compliance can contact the author of this article, Simon Haley, Rural Business Adviser, Reading Agricultural Consultants, via details on their website or on the following – Mob: 07783103951; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org