New Countryside Productivity Grant Now Open
With every week that passes there are new updates or releases related to the CAP reform 2015. The week commencing 9th March saw the opening of the new Countryside Productivity grant, which replaces the now redundant FFIS grant.
David Hume of George F White explains “Funding has now become available under the Countryside Productivity Scheme for a small capital grant of between £2,500 – £35,000 per holding for investment in innovative equipment and technology. Larger grants of over £35,000 are on offer for projects aimed at improving productivity and sustainability in farming and forestry. With the grant covering up to 40% of the total eligible costs of the project”
The areas which the grant money will be focused around are as follows:
LED lighting for livestock housing or with wavelength control
Improvements to animal productivity, health and welfare
Remote crop sensing
Small-scale forestry processing and wood harvesting/extraction
Recycling ammonia and heat emissions
Controlled atmosphere storage
Poultry litter drying systems
Farm water management (through reservoirs and irrigation)
David goes further to add that “Looking through the list of capital items available these grants are geared more towards the specialist producer i.e. dairy, poultry, veg and potato producers. There are still a number of grant items available for any farmer to apply for i.e. a static handling and weighing system, however there are particular criteria that need to be met.
As with all things in life the more money you want the more paperwork there is to fill out. For the larger grant there is a two stage process. Stage one is to provide an outline application, if this is successful then the applicant will be invited to submit a full application.” The application window deadline is on the 30th June 2015, at 4pm, for both the small grant application and stage one of the larger grant.
A range of grant items can be applied for under one application. However applications can only be for large grant items or small grant items, not a mix of both. Applications are computer based and must be sent via email.
David adds that “The application process will be very competitive and those projects that are seen to be having the greatest impact on improving productivity and sustainability in farming and forestry are more likely to be successful. These new grant applications will require plenty of evidence and justification to receive the extra funding. We at George F White have been able to help many farmers and rural businesses through previous grant schemes and are available to talk through your projects”.