The Government opened (on Friday 18th December 2015) an emergency fund to help farmers affected by the recent flooding in December 2015 to restore damaged agricultural land with the application period closing by the 1st April 2016.
Flood-affected farmers in Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Northumberland who have suffered uninsurable losses can apply for Farming Recovery Fund (FRF) grants. The size of the grants range from £500 to £20,000 per claimant, with any active farmer or landowner who has the responsibility of the restoration of the land able to apply.
The grants can cover a range of works including re-seeding grass fields, soil restoration, removing flood debris, restoring agricultural drainage and restoring access/track ways.
The Rural Payment Agency (RPA) will run the fund on behalf of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Supporting evidence is required showing the need for the grant and the damage caused by the recent floods and any potential applicants should take photos showing the extent of the damage as soon as possible. Should the repair work have already commenced or been completed the grant is still available, subject to certain criteria being satisfied.
If you would like further information please contact:
Hamish Smales (Alnwick) on 01665 511981
Sally Horrocks (Bedale) on 01677 458201
Tom Mason (Shiptonthorpe) on 01430 876015