DEFRA recently announced the launch of a third round of the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS), the government grant scheme for farming and forestry businesses.
FFIS scheme: Helping Farming and Forestry become more resilient
The FFIS scheme is administered through the RDPE (Rural Development Programme for England) network, to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses to become more efficient at using resources: the scheme aims to help businesses to become more profitable, competitive and resilient, whilst reducing the impact of farming on the environment.
Through the third round DEFRA expects to award grants in excess of £10m.
Who can apply?
Farmers, foresters, contractors, woodland owners and horticulturalists across England are eligible to apply, for grants of up to £35,000
The Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme funds projects that:
- save energy and reduce carbon emissions;
- reduce dependence on artificial fertilizers through better use of manures;
- improve soil quality;
- improve animal health and welfare;
- save and recycle water; and
- promote woodland management by processing timber more efficiently.
How to apply?
The third round of the FFIS scheme will close on Friday 4 April 2014. 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.
For more information about the FFIS scheme and to download the guidance and an application form visit this site.
You can also download the FFIS leaflet here: Final PDF Flyer
For information about other DEFRA funding opportunities, look here