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Countryside Stewardship APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The Countryside Stewardship scheme has opened for farmers and land managers to request application packs, for agreements to start in 2019.  

Four simpler, and quicker to apply for, offers are being introduced this year to complement the existing Higher Tier and Mid Tier offers and to open up the scheme to even more farmers and land managers. Unlike existing offers, all landowners who make a valid application for any of the four new packages will be guaranteed funding through the scheme.  This application window is an opportunity for farmers new to Countryside Stewardship (CS), or those coming out of previous stewardship agreements, to sign up for an agreement that will be guaranteed for its lifetime, to protect wildlife, boost biodiversity and deliver environmental benefits for their local communities.

Farmers and land managers have until 31 May 2018 to request a paper application pack. Farmers intending to apply online this year will be able to create their Online Arable Offer application pack from 20 February 2018

The deadline for all applications is 31 July 2018.

 

Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

A new £60m grants scheme where farmers can bid for cash to buy new farm equipment has been announced by farming minister George Eustice.

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) Scheme offers grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 for a range of equipment and technology to be used on farms

  • The initial offer is for £15 million and applications are due in by March 14, 2018. 
  • Applications will be scored after the closing date and applicants should be notified soon afterwards as to whether they have been successful. 
  • Full details are on the Countryside Productivity page on Gov.uk. 
  • The page includes links to the Handbook and a portal to a very simple online application form. 
  • Applying online takes just a few minutes.  
  • Grants are available for a specified range of equipment. 

The intention is that there will be further rounds of grants later in the year.

Launching the scheme at this year’s Dairy Tech event held in Stoneleigh Park, Minister Eustice said many of the items eligible for funding are highly relevant to the dairy sector, including specialist foot trimming crushes and calving detectors, but there is a range of innovative items from which the majority of farmers can find something they would want to apply for.

The grant can cover up to 40 per cent of the eligible costs of certain equipment identified as helping achieve improvements in either: animal welfare; resource efficiency or nutrient management.

These items include: cattle handling systems; crushes; weighing systems; foot trimming crushes; calving detectors; footbaths; heat detection systems; teat washers; badger proof troughs; calf feeders; sheep handling systems and weigh scales; pig handling and weighing systems; creeps; EID kit; pasture plate meters etc.

“Applications forms must be completed online before the deadline of March 14,” said Kathryn Williams of Davis Meade Property Consultants.

“Farmers will be notified after the funding round closes whether or not their application has been approved.

“Once your application has been approved you can purchase all your items and then claim your money,” she added.

For further advice or help with an application contact Kathryn Williams or Sarah Wedge at the Oswestry office of Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01691 659658, email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com or sarahwedge@dmpcuk.com

 

Water Grants APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

This forms part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) Mid-Tier Grants are open for applications until 30th September 2017. Successful agreements will commence on 1st January 2018.  Water Grants (previously Catchment Sensitive Farming capital grant scheme)- up to £10,000 is available for standalone grants to complete works to improve water quality, e.g. concreting yards, covering handling areas. To be eligible you need to be located within a priority catchment and gain approval for the desired works from your local Catchment Farming Officer.

 

Southern Shropshire LEADER Programme APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The next round of funding will open on Friday 9 June 2017. Expressions of Interest (EOI) will need to be submitted by Friday 21 July 2017. If your EOI is deemed to be eligible and meets the local priorities of the Southern Shropshire LEADER Programme, you will be invited to the Full Application (FA) stage. 

LEADER will fund farmers, growers, foresters, other local rural businesses and rural community organisations to help: 

  • create jobs
  • develop and grow rural businesses
  • support the rural economy

To be successful, applications must contribute to one or more of Defra’s six national priorities for LEADER.

Priority 1 – support to increase farm productivity

Priority 2 - support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification

Priority 3 – support for rural tourism

Priority 4 – provision of rural services

Priority 5 - support for cultural and heritage activity

Priority 6 – support for increasing forestry productivity

A total of £138 million is available in the England between 2015 and 2020 under the scheme.  The grant funding is min £2,500 - £40,000 max. 

For further details on the application criteria please contact Kathryn Williams at Davis Meade Property Consultants on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com

 

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