Funding for Local Farmers: Apply Now

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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.

CaptureOver the previous two FFIS rounds DEFRA awarded grants totalling almost £19m to over 2200 applicants.

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

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I am currently coordinating a partnership-led bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (for a circa £600K Heritage Grant bid) focusing on strengthening the unique yet vulnerable natural heritage in the Cambridgeshire Fens surrounding the Old west River, the new 'New Life on the Old West' project. Until recently I was the Programme Manager for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme, leading on the 1-year development and 3-year delivery phases of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant-aided Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) scheme (from Dec 2012 until March 2017), on behalf of and in close cooperation with a wide range of local, regional and national partner organisations. The Ouse Washes LP's portfolio of 51 projects have focused on: conservation works to historic and natural environmental assets; improving community participation & engagement with the landscape and its heritage; increasing access and learning opportunities; and providing more opportunities for training in traditional land management skills. The overall aim has been to leave a long-term legacy for this fascinating and unique landscape, in the process creating tangible improvements to social, economic and environmental aspects of this landscape, its heritage and communities.