Grants

Please call Penny Stokes at Giles Wheeler-Bennett for more information and the latest news on environmental and rural development grants or if you have a specific project in mind which you would like to discuss. In the lead up to Brexit, there are still European grant funds available and the deadlines for applications this year are set out on the information sheets below.

If your project is community orientated, very unusual or is a small environmental project within the National Park, there may also be other funding streams available such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, CIL funds or the National Park itself. So it is always worthwhile doing some research to see what other sources of funding are currently available if a project does not at first glance fit within one of the main schemes.

Countryside Stewardship Scheme

The Government has confirmed that it will guarantee funding for Countryside Stewardship Schemes if these are agreed and signed before the UK’s departure from the EU, even if the grant agreements continue after we have left the EU, subject to meeting the following conditions:

  • they are good value for money; and
  • they are in line with domestic strategic priorities.

Countryside Stewardship (CS) provides financial incentives for land managers to look after their environment through activities such as:

  • conserving and restoring wildlife habitats
  • flood risk management
  • woodland creation and management
  • reducing widespread water pollution from agriculture
  • keeping the character of the countryside
  • preserving features important to the history of the rural landscape
  • encouraging educational access

The scheme is open to all eligible farmers, woodland owners, foresters and other land managers and is suitable for many types of land use (for example conventional and organic farmland, coastal areas, uplands and woodlands). The scheme is competitive (except for the new Wildlife Offers which have been introduced this year) and projects are scored against local priority targets to maximise environmental benefit.

For further information on the scheme please download the information sheet:

Key Points

Rural Development Programme for England

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) provides grant funding to make England’s agriculture and forestry sectors more competitive, to improve the quality of life in rural areas and to diversify rural economies.

As well as environmental grants, the government has also confirmed that it will guarantee funding for RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme and RDPE Growth Programme grants as well as the more local LEADER schemes if these are agreed and signed before the UK’s departure from the EU, even if the grant agreements continue after we have left the EU, subject to projects meeting the following conditions:

  • they are good value for money and
  • they are in line with domestic strategic priorities

For further information on the above schemes please download the information sheet:

Key Points