10/05/2012 - Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme for England - Round Two
Defra has launched the second round of its Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses in England to become more efficient at using resources.
The scheme aims to help make businesses more profitable and resilient whilst reducing the impact of farming on the environment.
There is £20 million available under FFIS until December 2013. The grant rate is up to 40% in non upland areas, and up to 50% in upland areas and the maximum grant allowable per project is £25,000. The minimum grant is £2,500.
The scheme will fund new profit-boosting green schemes that:
- save energy and reduce carbon emissions;
- reduce dependence on artificial fertilizers through better use of manures;
- improve soil quality;
- improve animal health and welfare;
- save and recycle water; and
- promote woodland management by processing timber more efficiently.
Projects must fall within one of the following focus areas:
- Nutrient Management - eligible items include slurry injectors, mechanical slurry separation systems and Global Positioning Systems.
- Energy Efficiency - eligible items include heat exchangers, gel coolers and ice builders.
- Water Resource Management - eligible items include pipework specifically to intercept and divert roof water to a storage facility, rainwater harvesting equipment.
- Animal Health and Welfare - projects which bring about significant improvements in farm animal health and welfare.
- Forestry - eligible items include timber processors, forwarders, forestry trailers and tractor mounted forestry grabs.
Round two is now being promoted and those wishing to apply may submit their proposals from 22 May 2012. The deadline for receipt of applications is 17 July 2012.
Click here for more information and to access the Round 2 handbook (opens in new window).
Source: Defra, 10/15/2012
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