Third Round of Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme announced

31st January 2014

The third round of the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) has been launched by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

The scheme is open for applications as of the 4th February 2014. The scheme awards grants from £2,500 to £35,000 to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses become more efficient, with the grant rate being up to 40% in the lowlands and up to 50% in the uplands.

The five areas they can be awarded are energy efficiency, nutrient management, water resource management, animal health and welfare and forestry and applications can be made until the 4th April 2014.

Jessica Card, Rural Practice Surveyor at George F White said “during the first two rounds, thousands of applications were received therefore this scheme has proved very popular. This round is likely to be the last bearing in mind we are now in the transitional year for CAP Reform therefore it is vital for applicants to start the application early and ensure the applications are correct”.

“Regionally, during the first two rounds mobile cattle handling systems and crushes proved the most popular along with GPS systems for tractors”.

Miss Card said “supporting documents include three quotes for each item of expenditure as well as the latest two years of accounts, confirmation of private funding and planning consents if applicable”.

The RDPE website (click here to view) contains further information or contact Jessica Card of George F White on 01388 529569.

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