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Farming & Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS)

The first round of funding under the FFIS is currently open, the closing date for applications is 17th January 2012.

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) has set up the FFIS to provide financial support to help farmers, foresters, farming  contractors, woodland owners and horticultural businesses in England for:

–         Nutrient Management

–         Energy Efficiency

–         Water Resource Management

–         Animal Health and Welfare

–         Forestry

FFIS cannot be used to fund:

–         Direct replacement

–         Standard agricultural equipment

–         A legislative requirement, or

–         An industry obligation

The selection process for FFIS is competitive with the minimum grant rate for a single application being £2,500 and the maximum being £25,000.

For applicants in non-upland areas the maximum grant available is 40% and for those in upland areas the maximum grant rate available is 50%.

For more information in respect of FFIS please contact Lucinda Clifford at the GSC Grays Barnard Castle office on 01833 637000.

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