Window for New Farm Business Grant Soon to Open

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Wales Rural Development Program have released the dates for the expression of interest in the new Farm Business Grant Scheme. The window will open on 2nd May and will close 30th June.

The Farm Business Grant Scheme will offer grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to the successful applicants, in a bid to improve the farmer’s performance in Wales, and provides up to 40% funding towards investments in capital and machinery that have a clear and significant benefit to the farm.

The key areas for investments are cattle, sheep and pig equipment, crop management equipment, energy efficiency and many more.

There are conditions for those looking to apply which, along with more information, can be found here.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Reminder for those claiming under Glastir Small Grants Scheme

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Participants under the Carbon theme of Glastir Small Grants Scheme have until 31st March 2017 to complete works and submit their claims online.

Claims need to be submitted via the Rural Payments Wales (RPW) Online facility. Geotagged photographs will be used to validate the claim showing the project location before the commencement and after completion of the Works.

Further information is available on the Welsh Government website here.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

New Small Grant Scheme for Welsh Farmers

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The new tax year brings some good news for farmers as the Welsh Government has announced it has earmarked £40 million for a new Small Grants Scheme in Wales to “help farmers transform their business”.

The scheme will be part funded by the Rural Development Programme, and will offer support over a 4-year period for up to 40% of eligible costs in the following areas:

  • Animal health, genetics and performance
  • Crop management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Resource efficiency
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

The maximum grant will be £12,000 and around 80 items will qualify as eligible costs in the relevant categories.

It is hoped the scheme will enable farm businesses to be more competitive, whilst being more efficient, more diverse and environmentally aware.

The move is linked to the Welsh Assembly’s 5-year programme of “Taking Wales Forward”, and is expected to be open for applications in April 2017.  Further details will be available shortly on the Government website.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

Help at Hand to Improve your Internet Connection

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Farmers and Farm Businesses across the country are being encouraged to take advantage of the government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme.

The scheme is managed by The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and offers subsidies for installation and equipment required for a basic broadband service, up to the amount of £350.

The subsidy can be applied for until December 2017. For more information on the scheme or to apply, visit The Department for Culture, Media and Sport online.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

EU Fund To Assist Innovation In The Industry

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Under the latest phase of European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, £5million of funding is now available.

The grants are given to boost productivity in the livestock, arable, horticultural and forestry sectors, whilst also potentially creating ground-breaking new technology

Worth between £5,000 and £150,000 the grants will be available to projects encouraging new farming techniques, and unlocking innovation in the farming industry.

Commenting on the scheme, Farming Minister George Eustice said: “This fund will enable groups to come together to test and implement exciting new ideas to solve problems and increase farm and forest productivity. By looking to other sectors, such as medicine, for inspiration and knowledge transfer, it facilitates even greater innovation. I look forward to seeing the interesting work that will follow to boost and protect rural productivity.”

Several workshops are due to take place around the country during September to help groups looking to submit an application. These workshops will allow them to share and test out new ideas and help with forming their proposals.

Groups made up of two or more members of farmers, forest managers, researchers and business from across the country are invited to apply.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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