Second Round of FFIS opens

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Second Round of FFIS opens

May 2012

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Farmers and landowners are being urged to apply for grants under the Second Round of the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) which runs until 17th July 2012; helping farm businesses improve their competitiveness. 

The scheme, which was launched by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), is aimed at helping farmers, foresters, farming contractors, woodland owners and horticultural businesses in England. The grants rates start at 15% and go up to 40% of the total project cost, with a maximum available grant of £25,000 per farm business.
 
Nick Ainscough of Fisher German comments on the importance of the grants. “We would strongly urge applicants to consider how the FFIS might improve their farming businesses, as unlike some previous schemes the FFIS directly targets items that are normally very hard to justify expenditure on.

“We recommend that people apply now as a review of the funding as part of the larger CAP reform could see funds cut for future initiatives. The RDPE’s previous schemes including the Rural Economy Grant (REG) were oversubscribed; potentially using up large amounts of available funds. Due to this, Round Two may be the last time to apply for grants as there may not be a Round Three.” 
 
Grants will be given for investments that meet one or more of the following objectives:

Reduce energy use
Improve the management of manures and farm nutrients
Improve animal health and welfare 
Improve use of forestry resources 
Improve water resource management
 
Nick Ainscough concludes “We would recommend that anybody wishing to apply for these grants to begin doing so now to meet the 17th July deadline and to avoid any potential disappointment.”
 
For further information, please read the FFIS factsheet here, or contact Nick Ainscough on 01858 411230 or email nick.ainscough@fishergerman.co.uk. 
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