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4th May 2022
The Welsh Government Minister for Climate Change has announced on 1st April 2022 new financial packages up to £277 million for farmers, foresters, land managers and food businesses. This funding will be available over the next 3 years to support the resilience of the rural economy and the natural environment.
The packages will cover several themes to include all sectors within the rural industry which include:
The funding will reward farmers and land managers for their work with climate change challenges and nature emergencies whilst making food production sustainable and will work alongside the forthcoming Sustainable Farming Scheme.
We await full details for each of the grants including eligibility and funding amounts, but below is a summary of the new schemes.
|Grants Available||Opening Date||What is it for?|
|Small Grant- Environmental||Expression of Interest in May 2022||Support a range of land management interventions, providing capital support for on-farm environmental improvements to enhance the quality of our natural resources.|
|Small Grant- Growing for the Environment||Expression of Interest in June 2022||Pilot scheme to encourage the growing of crops and pastures to provide an environmental benefit such as mixed leys and cover crops for benefits to the environment, biodiversity and production.|
|Organic Conversion Scheme||Expression of Interest in July 2022||Support farmers to convert to organic production.|
|Small Grants- Efficiency||Expression of Interest in May 2022||Support investment in new equipment and technology to enhance the technical, financial and environmental performance of farm businesses.|
|Horticulture scheme- Development||Expression of Interest in April 2022||Provide support to Welsh horticulture.|
|Horticulture scheme- Start Up||Expression of Interest in May||Support new entrants into Welsh horticulture sector.|
|Nutrient Management Investment scheme||Expression of Interest in July 2022||Capital grants for infrastructure investment to enhance on-farm nutrient management and storage.|
|Small Grants- Yard Coverings||Expression of Interest in June 2022||Capital grants available to enhance nutrient management through investing into covering for existing farmyard infrastructure.|
|Woodland Creation – Plans||Open now||Offers of grants between £1,000 and £5,000 to develop plans for new woodland creation.|
|Woodland Creation- Planting||Expression of Interest in August 2022||Support the Welsh Governments commitment of woodland expansion set out in net zero Wales and the Programme for Government commitments to create a National Forest for Wales.|
|Woodland Restoration||Open now||Based on the Glastir Scheme, part of the EU Rural Development Programme.|
For further information and any further questions please call:
Welshpool- 01938 554499
Oswestry- 01691 655334