Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme Round 3

February 3, 2014

The Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is a scheme of support, developed to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses in England to become more efficient at using resources.  This scheme aims to help make businesses more profitable and resilient whilst reducing the impact of farming on the environment.

Round 3 of the FFIS launches on the 4th February 2014 and is expected to award around £10m of grant support under FFIS in this third round.  The selection process for FFIS is competitive.

Round 3 Application Forms will be available from 9:00am on Tuesday 4th February.  The closing date for completed electronic applications, signed hard copies of the grant declaration and supporting documentation is the last post on Friday 4th April 2014.  Applications received after this date will not be processed and will be returned.  However, unlike previous rounds, Defra will start processing applications as soon as they arrive.  Therefore you are strongly advised to apply as soon as you can.

Grants are paid in arrears so successful applicants will need to purchase and install the items before claiming their grant.  It is important to note that all grant claims will need to be received by the RDPE Delivery Team by the 31st January 2015.  Therefore please only apply for FFIS funding if you are certain that you will be able to purchase and install your FFIS approved items in time to submit your claim before that date.

The maximum grant per business for FFIS Round 3 is now £35,000 and the minimum grant is £2,500.  Applicants who have received grant funding in previous FFIS rounds are eligible to apply and can apply for the full £35,000.  However, in the event that the round is oversubscribed, priority will be given to applicants that have not previously been awarded grant.

Applicants in non-upland areas (where less than 50% of the land is within a Severely Disadvantaged Area (SDA)) the maximum grant rate available from FFIS is up to 40% of eligible costs.  For hill farming businesses that operate in upland areas (where 50% or more of the land is within a SDA, or forestry/contracting businesses based within the SDA), the maximum grant rate available from FFIS is up to 50% of eligible costs.

More details of the programme and copies of the handbook and the application form can be found on the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme page on the Defra webiste.

 

For more information about the programme contact the Northwoods office for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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