The Single Payment Scheme
The Single Payment Scheme (SPS) was introduced in 2003 as part of the Common Agricultural Policy reform and is now the European Union's main agricultural subsidy scheme. The scheme is administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). An introduction to the scheme can be found on the Business Link website. You can call the RPA Single Payment Scheme Helpline 0845 603 7777
Natural England Grants
Environmental Stewardship is an agri-environment scheme that provides funding to farmers and other land managers in England who deliver effective environmental management on their land. There are three elements to Environmental Stewardship :
Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) provides a straightforward approach to supporting the good stewardship of the countryside. This is done through simple and effective land management that goes beyond the Single Payment Scheme requirement to maintain land in good agricultural and environmental condition. It is open to all farmers and landowners.
Organic Level Entry Stewardship (OELS) is geared to organic and organic/conventional mixed farming systems and is open to all farmers not receiving Organic Farming Scheme aid.
Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) involves more complex types of management, where land managers need advice and support, and agreements are tailored to local circumstances. HLS applications will be assessed against specific local targets and agreements will be offered where they meet these targets and represent good value for money.
Forestry Commisson Grants
The English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) is the Forestry Commission's main scheme for providing financial support to woodland owners and mangers. Its primary objectives are to create and manage woodlands, to sustain and increase the delivery of public benefits.
Grants to revitalise and support rural businesses and rural communities are no longer available from local "Leader Action Groups" - partnerships of local people and organisations working for the regeneration of the rural area.In the past the action groups have secured funding from the Rural Development Programme for England which is supported by Defra and the EU. Many groups are hoping to launch new grant schemes in future.
For Rother and Wealden districts
Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Malling districts
Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funding
As the Managing Authority for the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Defra has made funding available to assist farmers, commercial horticulturalists and foresters with training for business improvement.
Plumpton College is included as a contract holder, as a member of a consortium of training providers and a delivery partner with Lantra. Funded training will be provided at the main College campus at Plumpton, near Lewes, East Sussex and at the Flimwell, [A21] East Sussex and Netherfield, near Battle East Sussex, out-centres and across England, via partners.There is a wide and diverse range of training opportunities available, for example businesses can benefit from a more in-depth knowledge of energy efficiency, nutrient management, water use, waste reduction and waste management, climate change adaption and mitigation. Courses include: for forestry and woodland managers and workers are a wide range of forest related courses from generating an income from coppice, to strategies for dealing with pests and diseases in woodland, also training in, Sustainable Beef Farming Systems and Climate Change – Impact on Arable Farming.
For more information and to discuss your requirements and eligibility please contact Don Cranfield on 01273 892031 or Sarah Blackford on 01580 879547 at Plumpton College or visit http://www.foodfarmingforestry.co.uk/
Events that can be funded under RDPE can be found on our events calendar