Sustainable Production Grant to enhance farm environment in Wales

Posted by LindaStenner on October 12, 2018

Sustainable Production Grant to enhance farm environment in Wales

October 12, 2018 at 12:14 PM

The deadline is fast approaching in Wales to apply for grants of up to£50,000  for capital investment into equipment and machinery that  will address the impacts of pollution on farms and benefit the wider environment. 

The Sustainable Production Grant (SPG) aims to:

  • enhance on-farm nutrient management
  • protect and enhance water, soil and air quality
  • increase on-farm water efficiency
  • increase on-farm resource efficiencies.

 

The budget for this fourth expression of interest which closes on October 26 is £6 million and grants of £12,000 to £50,000 will be awarded providing a maximum 40 per cent contribution towards capital investments in equipment and machinery that have been pre-identified to meet the objectives above. 

Kathryn Williams, land agent with Davis Meade Property Consultants at Oswestry, says farm businesses must be registered with Farming Connect and Welsh Government Rural Payment Wales before applying for a grant.

“Eligibility for the SPG requires a member of the business to attend a ‘Sustainable Farming’ event organised by Farming Connect,” she said.

“If you have been selected under one of the three previous SPG EOI windows, you are not eligible to submit an EOI.

“The maximum project cost to receive a 40 per cent grant contribution is £125,000.  An EOI may exceed the maximum project cost by adding a single item with claim capped to the maximum £50,000 grant.”

A list of available items can be viewed at:

https://beta.gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-09/sustainable-production-grant-list-of-items-for-which-you-can-apply-for-funding.pdf

The two-stage application process begins with the Expression of Interest via RPW Online which is open until October 26 followed by appraisal of submitted plans and supporting documents if your EOI is selected.

If your EOI is selected, the following plans and supporting documents must be submitted for appraisal by the Welsh Government: 

- Five-Year Business Plan

- Core Criteria Statement

- Nutrient Efficiency Plan

- Water Efficiency Plan

- Three Years of Certified Accounts

- Planning Permission if appropriate

- Three Quotes for each investment item selected on the EOI

“If you are offered a contract following selection of your EOI and successful appraisal of supporting plans and documents, all investment items in the contract must be purchased,” Kathryn added.

For further information or help with an EOI application contact Kathryn Williams or Sarah Wedge at DMPC on 01691 659658 email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com or sarahwedge@dmpcuk.com.

 

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