Capital grants of up £400,000 for Welsh farming
Published October 13th, 2016
Farmers in Wales are being offered capital grants to improve the economic and environmental performance of their farms and they have until the end of the month to express an interest.
The Sustainable Production Grant (SPG) scheme aims to provide capital investment in facilities and equipment for:
- animal health and welfare
- crop storage
- production housing and handling
- renewable energy production
- soil and crop management
“The Welsh Government has designed the scheme to meet its vision for more sustainable, profitable and resilient farm businesses and grants will be allocated to projects that best meet set criteria,” explained Beth Hanson, a graduate surveyor at Berrys.
“Grants from a minimum of £16,000 to a maximum of £400,000 will be allocated for up to 40 per cent of the total investment cost of any individual investment project.”
The scheme is open to farmers, landowners, small and medium-sized enterprises and large businesses, voluntary organisations and co-operatives producing agricultural products.
Projects will be scored using a selection criteria focusing on six key areas: financial resilience; animal health and welfare and/or plant health; nutrient efficiency and water quality; energy efficiency; water efficiency, and emissions’ reduction.
Expressions of Interest forms can be completed electronically and submitted via the SPG Mailbox (email to: SPG@wales.gsi.gov.uk). The deadline is October 31, 2016 and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application from December 20, 2016. Successful applicants must be able to complete the work and submit their final claim by October 31, 2018.
For help completing an application contact Beth Hanson at the Hereford office of Berrys on: 01544 598085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sustainable Production Grant is funded through the Rural Development Programme 2014-20