There are a number of new grant opportunities available in 2016, but as many of the grants will be available on either a competitive or 'first come' basis it is important for farmers to apply early with accurate and informed applications. The more your application can comply with the intentions of each scheme the greater the chances of your success.
There are currently several schemes running including Agri-Tech, LEADER and Countryside Stewardship capital grants; however projects will vary from area to area so it is important that you contact your local Brown & Co office for details of all the schemes that are open to you where you farm at any particular time. You can also ask to be kept informed about new grants as they get introduced.
If you are looking at a new project which is likely to create or secure jobs, increase productivity or improve resource management then it may well be eligible for grant funding. Funding levels generally vary from 10% to 40% covering a variety of capital items and possibly even some trading or training costs. There are also Countryside Stewardship capital grants available for boundary features such as hedges and fences on farms with no existing Countryside Stewardship Agreement.
At Brown & Co we have had considerable success over the years in acquiring grant funding for our clients on a wide range of businesses and projects. We understand what the grants were designed for, we know what supporting information is required and we have the expertise to write an effective application.
We are always happy to discuss your options over the phone or visit you on site if prefer to determine if funding is available. We will tell you what grants are available, whether you are likely to be eligible and how we can help you secure them. Simply call your nearest Brown & Co office to find out more.