New capital grants offered to farming businesses in Wales

Wales has opened its Small Grants – Environment Scheme for applications to support investments in capital works that improve water quality or reduce flood risk.

Welsh farmers are also encouraged to apply for the Small Grants – Efficiency Scheme, which supports investment in new equipment and technologies to improve the technical, financial and environmental performance of agricultural enterprises.

The Efficiency Investment application window, which has a budget of £5 million, opened on 18 May 2022 and closes on 29 June 2022.

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The program will pay up to 40% of equipment costs from a predefined list of eligible items.

This list includes livestock and mud handling systems, weather stations, direct drills, and computer hardware and software.

The minimum grant available is £1,000 and the maximum grant is £12,000.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) should be submitted via Rural Payment Wales Online.

If the EOI is successful, farmers will be offered a contract, which they must accept or decline within 30 days, and then they will have 180 calendar days to purchase and claim the items on their contract.

Water subsidies

Meanwhile, farmers can apply for a stand-alone grant of up to £7,500 through the Small Grants – Environment Scheme, which has a total budget of £3m available.

This program aims to encourage work such as planting of trees and shrubs, planting of new hedges, laying of hedges, installation of storm water drainage devices, restoration of ponds, engineering softness of river banks and the use of rubble to maintain footbridges.

Application process

An EOI window is available until July 1, after which each project will be assigned a score based on the environmental benefits it will deliver.

The highest rated projects will be selected and farmers will be notified if their application has been successful.

Target goals

As part of the scoring process, a number of target goals have been identified across Wales.

These include habitat improvements for wildlife, such as water voles, which depend on clean water – which is why options such as installing rainwater features are available because they contribute to improving water quality.

Another objective is to reduce the risk of flooding in flood-prone river basins, with these areas benefiting from the planting of trees that will absorb large volumes of water and thus reduce the amount of water runoff from agricultural land. .

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