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Farming Connect Funding APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

With approximately 80 short courses to choose from, could our training courses help you meet your business objectives? Can we help you identify the training which would most benefit you, eligible family members and your workers? Up to 80% funding available.  The current round of Farming Connect Training Funding ends on the 26th February 2021 at 5pm.

You will need to register with an individual email address which is unique to you as all notifications associated with Farming Connect will be sent to you via this email address.

If you wish to apply for funding support towards additional training courses, you will need to update your Personal Development Plan (PDP) and submit an application for funding support.

To register please contact the Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000 813 or register online https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/farming-connect-registration



Farmers in wales can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to pay for roofing and drainage that improve water quality and reduce pollution on their farms.

The Farm Business Grant (FBG) – Yard Coverings aims to improve on-farm nutrient management and infrastructure through the separation of rain/clean water from dirty water, slurry, manure or silage effluent and to keep rainwater from existing livestock feeding and gathering areas and manure and slurry stores.

The applications window for the Farm Business Grant (FBG) – Yard Coverings runs from November 9 until December 18 with Expressions of Interest (EoI) and claims to be submitted through RPW Online.

“This is a separate scheme to the main Farm Business Grant and there is no requirement to attend a ‘Farming for the Future’ event as part of the application process,” explained Kathryn Williams, a land agent with Davis Meade Property Consultants.

“The grant provides a maximum 40 per cent contribution towards standard costed capital investments in equipment pre-identified as offering clear and quantifiable benefits. The maximum grant award is £12,000 and the minimum award is £3,000.”

Elligible Items include: roofing for livestock feeding and gathering areas; roofing for slurry and manure stores; cross drains; kerbing; rainwater guttering and harvesting and filtering  goods; slurry analysis kit.

“Previous claims under the main Farm Business Grant will not count towards the £12,000 maximum grant value for the FBG – Yard Coverings and similarly Yard Coverings grants will not count towards any future windows of the main Farm Business Grant,” Kathryn said.

You can view the grant booklet  at https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2020-11/farm-business-grant-yard-covering-rules-booklet.pdf

If you need further details or would like help with an application telephone  Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01691 659658 or contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 email: kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com

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Forestry Industry Recovery Scheme - APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

FIRS is now open and the closing date for applications is 18th October 2020.

A strong and growing forestry sector in Wales will be essential for the delivery of the National woodland creations targets. While the sector has generally proved resilient to Covid-19, there is a risk the crisis has damaged the capacity of forestry contractors and businesses, including the tree nursery sector.

FIRS is domestically funded through the National Forest Programme, and will provide funding to the sector to make capital investments to increase their capacity and enable the sector to contribute to a green recovery.

The scheme will support investment to increase capacity in the forestry sector. Eligible areas include equipment to tree nurseries to increase their capacity to supply trees, ground preparation equipment, equipment for tree safety works for trees affected by Ash Dieback, and equipment or appropriate technology that improves harvesting of timber which is shown to improve sustainable forest management.

Proposed investments must show that a viable market has been identified for their product(s) and that the project would not proceed without the grant. The scheme is discretionary and the amount of grant offered would relate to individual circumstances and would always be the minimum amount necessary to allow the investment to go ahead.

This is only an outline to the scheme and the way it is operated, the detailed rules for eligibility criteria may be subject to change.

Further details are available on the Welsh Government website.

For further information please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwillianms@dmpcuk.com



Glastir Small Grants is a Capital Works grant scheme available to land managers and farming businesses across Wales. An existing Glastir contract is not necessary to be eligible.  Capital Works available are chosen for their broad and general environmental benefits and their ability to deliver to the Welsh Government’s ambitions for climate change and water management.

Glastir Small Grants is a standalone scheme providing a maximum of £7,500 funding per theme for Capital Works Projects. Set lists of Capital Works are available per theme to support the delivery of beneficial environmental outcomes.

Scheme aims:

• Reducing Carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.

• Adapting to climate change and building greater resilience into farm and forest    businesses.

• Managing our water resources to improve water quality and reduce flood risks.

• Protecting the landscape and the historic environment while improving access.

• Contributing towards a reversal in the decline of Wales’ native biodiversity.

The window closes 4th September 2020

For further information please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com


Dairy Support Scheme - Wales - APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The Dairy Support Scheme is now open and will close on 14th  August 2020

The Dairy Support Scheme has been introduced to support those dairy producers hardest hit by the recent exceptional market conditions due to Covid-19. The scheme was announced by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs on 9 May 2020.

The Dairy Support Scheme is to assist the hardest hit dairy producers following severe impacts in some parts of the sector. The support is designed to assist producers with meeting their fixed costs in order to sustain productive capacity for milk and maintain their environmental and animal health and welfare standards.

Eligible dairy producers will be entitled to a one off payment of up to £10,000, to cover 70% of their lost income to help them to continue to meet fixed costs and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare and the environment.

Who is eligible?

  • The scheme will be open to cattle, sheep, goat and buffalo dairy producers who are able to evidence a milk price reduction of 25% or over from sales of milk under contract to a third party/processor.
  • This scheme is for producers in Wales only. However, if you are a cross-border farmer with land in more than one part of the UK you may apply if the majority of your land is located in Wales and you received your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 payment from Rural Payments Wales (RPW).
  • Dairy producers will need to demonstrate they have suffered a reduction of 25% or more in the average price paid for their milk in April and subsequently May, when compared to February 2020.
  • Payments will not be made for May losses alone.
  • To be eligible for May, dairy producers must have first suffered a loss of 25% or more to their average milk price in April.
  • Direct sellers of milk are not eligible for the Dairy Support Scheme, please do not apply if you fall into this category. 3
  • Applicants must not have been in financial difficulty 1 on 31 December 2019.

When will the grant payment be paid?

Completed applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted no later than 14 August 2020.

Processing of your application will not be made until all supporting documents have been submitted.

The on-line application must be submitted to Rural Payments Wales by this date.  You will not be able to submit the form after this date, even if you started filling in the form on or before 14 August 2020.

As part of this application process you will be required to declare any aid you have received under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework to evidence that you will not exceed the maximum level of aid allowed and that you were not an undertaking in difficulty on 31 December 2019.

For more information or to apply for the grant please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com


Glastir Woodland Creation Window 9 - APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The ninth round of Glastir Woodland Creation and the eighth round opens today, 16 March, with a fourfold increase in budget for Glastir Woodland Creation of £8m.

There have been a number of changes to the application process for Glastir Woodland Creation, where expressions of interest must be submitted by a Registered Glastir Woodlands Planner.

Expressions of interest selected to progress in the application process will be offered a contract on the condition payment will only be made once a woodland creation plan verified by Natural Resources Wales is approved by the Welsh Government. Successful applicants will also be required to select one of two claim years – 2021/2022 or 2022/2023.

The Glastir Woodland Creation expression of interest has been extended to 31st July 2020 and closes at midnight.

For further information please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwillianms@dmpcuk.com


Capital Grants for Tourism in Wales APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

Farmers and businesses in Wales looking to develop a tourism enterprise can receive funding from the Welsh Government’s Micro and Small Business Fund (MSBF) which has reopened for applications.

The MSBF is an investment fund targeting eligible capital investment projects in the tourism sector in Wales. It can be used either to upgrade existing or create new high quality product.

The fund is available for micro to small size businesses with fewer than 50 employees and offers  support of between £25,000 and £500,000 for projects that create and safeguard jobs, realise economic benefit and growth and deliver quality, innovation and a sense of place.

The fund priorities include:

  • high quality, innovative, reputation changing tourism products
  • luxury hotels (existing expansions, upgrades and new hotels)
  • all weather, all year, attractions
  • flagship attractions
  • innovative activity experiences
  • distinctively Welsh visitor focussed food experiences
  • top end and innovative glamping and camping experiences
  • spa and high quality leisure facilities
  • innovative cultural or heritage related projects
  • distinctive and high quality inns, B&B’s, guest accommodation products
  • unusual places to stay

“There is a two-stage application process starting with an Expression of Interest and if this is successful you will be invited to make a full application,” said Kathryn Williams, director of Davis Meade Property Consultants, Oswestry.

For further information visit https://businesswales.gov.wales/tourism/finance#guides-tabs--2 or contact Kathryn Willams at Davis Meade Property Consultants on  01691 659658 / 07971 583638, email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com


The Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS)  APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The application window opens on November 1 for farmers and land managers in Severn Trent Water (STW) region to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to match-fund infrastructure investment and land management items.

The Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS) is funded by STW and delivered in partnership with local Wildlife Trusts, River Trusts the Woodland Trust, The Wye and Usk Foundation and South Staffordshire Water. Farmers can apply to fund environmental projects on farm, from the pre-defined list of funding options.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis with applicants demonstrating a clear water quality benefit to the issues of concern in that area being most likely to be successful.

Kathryn Williams, land agents with Davis Meade Property Consultants at Oswestry, said that to qualify for the scheme farmers must:

  • farm or have land within a Severn Trent priority catchment
  • farm (either owned or leased) a minimum of three hectares of land

The funds can help with projects ranging from cover crops, to fencing, to pesticide wash-down areas, and biobeds/biofilter and this year the scheme includes new options focusing on biodiversity such as hedgerow and woodland planting, pond management plan and wildflower meadow creation.

Items that aren’t listed in the STEPS booklet can be considered if they are innovative and support the wider goals of the programme. Some items can be funded for two years (£10,000).

“We are advising farmers to check with us or their local STW agricultural advisor to see if they are within a target area and eligible to claim,” she said.

“STEPS runs until 2020 and the current application period is open from November 1, 2019 until January 31, 2020 with grants awarded to successful applicants in March 2020. Work must be completed by 1 March 2020.”

For more information visit www.stwater.co.uk/steps or contact Kathryn Williams at Davis Meade Property Consultants, Oswestry on 01691 659658 / 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com


Welsh Sustainable Management Scheme APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The Sustainable Management scheme will provide financial support for a range of activities that will improve the management of our natural resources and in doing so contribute to the well-being of our rural communities.

The scheme offers grants to collaborative groups looking to:

  • improve our natural resources and the benefits they provide
  • take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • improve business and community resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Grants can range from a minimum of £10,000 to help start up and facilitate new collaborations through to landscape-scale ambition co-ordinating actions and input from several parties to achieve lasting benefits across our communities. Each window has a maximum of £5m for investment.

 The maximum grant rate for any individual investment project is 100% of the total cost.

 The scheme is open to a wide range of collaborations made up of a variety of individual and organisations including:

  • small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large businesses, education or research establishments
  • farmers, foresters, other land managers
  • community or voluntary groups (inclusive of all non government organisations) associations of owners, community woodlands, and  trusts
  • local authorities.

The scheme is open now until 8th August 2019.

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


Welsh Food Business Investment Scheme APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The expression of interest window for round 7 of the Food Business Investment scheme is now open.

The FBIS covers capital investments in processing equipment along with some associated costs and supports projects that offer clear and quantifiable benefits to primary producers, either directly or indirectly, in the agriculture sectors providing the raw materials.  Micro, Small or Medium Enterprises (SME’s) are a particular priority for support.

The scheme offers grants to collaborative groups looking to:

  • erect new buildings
  • refurbish old premises
  • buy eligible new or second hand equipment (certain conditions apply)

Examples of the types of projects and activities that might be supported are:

  • a group of potato producers may want to upgrade their processing facilities and rationalise and amalgamate their storage and grading facilities into a larger, more economical unit with better environmental control
  • a vegetable processing company might want to improve its facilities to meet customer requirements and improve its handling of waste water
  • a livestock market may wish to improve its lairage facilities and other handling/holding facilities to raise the standards of animal welfare, make improvements to sale rings to speed up sales, or to improve its effluent handling
  • an abattoir might wish to expand its primal cutting operation to accommodate the needs of its customers, to build new chilling or other carcass processing facilities, to introduce new processing lines for specific purposes, for example, slaughter for export, or to improve its effluent handling
  • a meat /poultry processing company may want to make quality improvements to its products or expand into another area or move into more refined/specifically targeted packaging and improve its effluent treatment systems
  • a small dairy business may wish to expand its cheese-making operation to take advantage of the growing market for speciality cheeses
  • a cheese manufacturer may want to move into higher quality products such as mature cheeses or move into new areas such as blue cheese or improve its storage facilities and improve its waste and effluent handling.

The minimum grant threshold per enterprise for any individual investment project is £2,400

The maximum grant threshold per enterprise for any individual investment project is £5,000,000.

Where both the input and the output are agricultural products the maximum grant rates are as follows:

  • SMEs - up to 40% of the total investment cost regardless of location.
  • large Enterprises – up to 20% of the total investment cost regardless of location.

If other EU or UK public funds are obtained to support the costs of a project they will be discounted against the Food Business Investment grant. 

The scheme is open to applications from a wide range of businesses involved in primary and/or secondary processing of agricultural products, such as:

  • sole traders
  • voluntary sector organisations
  • private and public limited companies (SME and Large Enterprises)
  • farm businesses that want to process their own agricultural products
  • new businesses, including start-up businesses.

The scheme is open now until 2nd July 2019.

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


Welsh Sustainable Production Grant APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The second expression of interest window for the Sustainable Production Grant (SPG) will open on 4th March and close on 12th April 2019. Eligibility for the Welsh Government’s SPG requires a partner in the business to attend a Sustainable Farming event organised by Farming Connect (FC). The individual attending must be registered as a business partner with Farming Connect and Rural Payments Wales.


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The sixth expression of interest window for the Farm Business Grant (FBG) will open on 4th March and close on 12th April 2019. Eligibility for the Welsh Government’s FBG requires a partner in the business to attend a Farming for the Future event organised by Farming Connect (FC).  For further information about the events and how to book your place see the Farming Connect and Welsh Government websites.   The individual attending must be registered as a business partner with Farming Connect and Rural Payments Wales.

The Farm Business Grant (FBG) helps farmers in Wales to improve the economic and environmental performance of their agricultural holdings. 

The grant provides a financial contribution towards capital investments in equipment and machinery that have been pre-identified as offering clear and quantifiable benefits to farm enterprises. 

£40m funding will be available over 4 years. The minimum grant available is £3,000, and the maximum is £12,000. 

You are now able to submit Expression of Interests in multiple windows with a minimum £3,000 threshold per application. The maximum overall threshold is £12,000.

 Only one application will be approved per business throughout the lifetime of the Scheme.

The FBG covers capital investments in equipment and machinery that have been pre-identified as offering clear and quantifiable benefits to your farm enterprise. The capital items have been specified along with a standardised cost. 

The scheme is discretionary. The amount of grant offered would relate to individual circumstances and would always be the minimum amount necessary, to allow the investments to go ahead.

The items available through the scheme cover the following five themes:

·         Animal Health
·         Performance and Genetics 
·         Crop Management 
·         Resource Efficiency 
·         Energy Efficiency 
·         ICT

Farms may apply in more than one application round but only one grant award will be allowed per farm under this scheme.



Farmers in Wales under the age of 40 are being given a second chance to take advantage of the Welsh Government’s £6 million funding package available to help them develop their businesses. The grant will provide £40,000 to 150 farmers (including those who were successful in the first round) as part of a Young People into Agriculture Scheme. 

“We thought that there would only be one opportunity to apply but those that missed out on applying in the first round in June or those people who did not submit sufficient supporting evidence are now being given another chance to apply,” explained Kathryn Williams of Davis Meade Property Consultants. 

“We don’t yet know all the details but we believe the rules will be the same as those for the first round. The second round will open on August 1 and close on August 29. We are therefore urging those who were rejected in the first round to re-assess their application if appropriate or for those applying for the first time to carefully read all of the scheme eligibility rules as there are a number of pieces of supporting evidence that must be submitted.” 

The funding can be used as working capital, to purchase land or erect buildings, buy machinery or stock etc. and will be paid to successful applicants in three instalments. We presume these instalment dates will not be the same as those for the successful first round applicants but will follow a similar format. 

Applicants must be able to show that they have the skills to be self-motivated to drive their businesses forward and also have a keen interest in the wider agricultural industry. As a part of the funding agreement applicants will also have to meet key performance indicators that will be agreed as part of their contract. 

“Expressions of interest can be made from August 1 to August 29. Points will be awarded according to the type of business, business structure, academic qualifications, level of continuing professional development and the strength of the business plan. Applications will then be ranked according to how they meet the selection criteria until the maximum number (150) is reached,” Kathryn explained. 

“In the first round only people who were setting up as head of a holding for the first time by September 1, 2018, or who started as head of a holding for the first time in the 12 months prior to the 1 April were eligible.” 

For more information on the funding please contact Kathryn Williams at the Oswestry office of Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01691 659658 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com



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