It has just been announced that the Welsh Government and Rural Development Programme is to allocate £40m of funds is to a new Welsh farm grant scheme designed to help farmers reduce their carbon emissions and to improve their resilience and competitiveness within the industry, including through new diversification measures.
The scheme plans to distribute financial support of up to £12,000 at a 40% grant rate over a four-year period. The first application period is expected to open in April 2017. Farmers across Wales will be able to invest in around 80 items capital items based on standardised specifications and costs which are currently being finalised by the Welsh Government in conjunction with other farming bodies. The items available for grant funding will be technologies linked with the following themes below:
- Animal health, genetics and performance
- Crop management
- Energy efficiency
- Resource efficiency
- ICT (Information and Communications Technology)
Whilst we have not seen the list of eligible items we would anticipate items such as EID livestock equipment, GPS precision farming kit, heat recovery pumps, rain water harvesting kit etc.
Carver Knowles are farm grant scheme specialists and have had a great deal of success with grant applications in England including the old Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme, the Countryside Productivity Scheme and also LEADER Grant applications. We were also accredited advisers for the “R4F” (Resources for Farmers) energy and resource appraisal scheme. We are therefore familiar with both the technical knowledge and the skills of how to put a grant application together in the best way to ensure a successful conclusion.
With our expert knowledge and expanding work base in the Monmouthshire and Gwent areas, we can offer you the best advice to maximise your chances of a successful Welsh farm grant application.
For further information about the new grant scheme or to register your interest for further scheme updates please contact call 01684 853400 to contact Mike or Alyssia.