Farming and forestry improvement scheme
The Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is a scheme which has been developed to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses in England become more efficient at using resources. The Scheme aims to help make your business more profitable and resilient whilst reducing the impact of farming on the environment.
There is £20 million available under FFIS until December 2013. The grants are for capital items and the grant rate available is up to 40% in non-upland areas and up to 50% in upland areas. The minimum grant per application is £2,500 and the maximum is £25,000. Further information on what can be funded under FFIS can be found on the link below.
The scheme is competitive and there is no guarantee that you will be successful in your application. Grants are paid in arrears so you will need to demonstrate that you have the ability to payroll the whole project until the grant is paid to you.
For more information about the scheme, including the handbook and the application form, please see the following link:
The Farm and Countryside service are available to offer advice and help where they can to anyone who is interested in applying to this scheme - please do not hesitate to contact us.