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The Rural Payments Agency has announced that applications for a number of different schemes will open during the first quarter in 2019. This includes; the second round of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme, Basic Payment Scheme, and Countryside Stewardship agreements starting on 1 January 2020. Annual revenue claims for Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship also open during the first quarter of 2019.

Prepare for 2019

The windows for these opportunities are usually very tight so it is best to ensure you had done some thinking before applications open.

Ways to prepare for grant opportunities in 2019 include:

Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme

  • Consider what equipment you need or intend to purchase in 2019.
  • Check the guidelines for the previous Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme to check whether the equipment you intend to purchase in 2019 is listed.
  • Ensure the equipment you wish to purchase can be delivered, invoiced and paid for within 150 days.

The above is on the basis of previous scheme guidance which may change but this will be communicated when the scheme is opened.

Basic Payment Scheme

  • Check your maps on the RPA website for errors. This could hold up your basic payment scheme application and subsequent payment.
  • Remember to check hedges on the RPA maps for accuracy if you use these for greening.

Countryside Stewardship

  • Consider areas of land with less agricultural value and high environmental value i.e. next to waterways, close to woodland, wildlife routes between fields that you might be able to include in a new Countryside Stewardship scheme application.
  • There is capital support for a wide range of capital items but you will need to pay for them up front and recoup the cost. Consider fencing that needs replacing or hedges that need gapping up.

ADAS have been at the forefront of supporting farmers to complete applications for environmental grant schemes and subsidy applications since they were first introduced. Our staff have knowledge of the main grant funding opportunities and others that vary from region to region. ADAS also deliver clinics where farmers can receive one to one advice on environmental options appropriate to the farm and how to complete the application. More information on this will be published shortly.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Wolton

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