Land based businesses

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SUPPORT TO INCREASE FARM PRODUCTIVITY

These grants will support a wide range of farm investments. They are particularly for businesses that want to invest in innovative business practices and new technologies to help them become more sustainable and productive. There are 3 main types of projects that could be supported:

A) A project to improve the overall performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding;

B) An investment to support animal health and welfare improvements; or

C) The processing, marketing and/or development of agricultural products.

Examples of the type of activities that could be funded are set out below.  For detailed information about eligibility criteria, the amount of funding you can apply for and how to submit an application please refer to the Lindsey Action Zone Applicant Handbook.

A) A project to improve the overall performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding

Who can apply: Farmers, Groups of Farmers

Applications for grants could include:

  • Equipment and machinery to improve the efficiency of the use of energy, water, fertiliser and other direct inputs (for example precision farming or new technologies);
  • Equipment and machinery to reduce impacts on soils (like specialist drills to enable low or zero tillage farming) and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Investments to improve facilities for slurry/manure management; and
  • Investments to modernise or mechanise production and increase productivity.

Costs could include:-

  • Construction, acquisition or improvement to immovable property;
  • the purchase or hire purchase of new and second hand equipment
  • general costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (limited to 15% of the project’s total eligible costs);
  • intangible investments including acquisition or development of computer software; and acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights and trademarks.

B) An investment to support animal health and welfare improvements

Who can apply: Farmers, Groups of Farmers

Applications for grants could include:

  • equipment and machinery to improve the efficiency of use in animal feed and other products;
  • improvements to livestock housing to improve animal welfare or energy efficiency;
  • equipment and machinery to improve animal handling.

Costs could include:

  • the costs of construction, acquisition (including leasing) or improvement to immovable property;
  • the purchase or hire purchase of new and second hand machinery and equipment
  • general costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (limited to a maximum of 15% of the project’s total eligible costs);
  • intangible investments including, acquisition or development of computer software;
  • acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights and trademarks

C) The processing, marketing and/or development of agricultural products

Who can apply: Farmers, Land owners, Processing Businesses with fewer than 250 employees

Applications for grants could include:

  • investment in equipment, technologies or processes to reduce waste;
  • investment in equipment, technologies or processes to develop new or higher quality products;
  • business start-ups;
  • marketing activity, excluding hard copy material, associated with the above investments;
  • construction or conversion of buildings to be used for processing activities.

Costs could include

  • construction, acquisition (including leasing) and/or improvements to immovable property;
  • the purchase or hire purchase of new and second hand equipment
  • general costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (restricted to a maximum of 15% of total project costs);
  • intangible investments including, acquisition or development of computer software;
  • acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights, trademarks.

SUPPORT TO INCREASE FORESTRY PRODUCTIVITY

Forestry is making an increasing contribution to rural growth - it is helping to diversify the farm economy and reduce the carbon footprint of local communities. More than 80% of England’s woods are privately owned. Funding under LEADER will aim to deliver permanent new supply chains and jobs that, at the same time, restore regular management to local woods and encourage a greater degree of added value to the timber output.

Examples of the type of activities that could be funded are set out below.  For detailed information about eligibility criteria, the amount of funding you can apply for and how to submit an application please refer to the Lindsey Action Zone Applicant Handbook.

Who can apply

  • Owners of private forestry holdings
  • Small and medium-sized forestry contracting businesses.

Grant limits

Average grants will typically be within the range of £3,500 and £40,000. Higher grant amounts will be offered in exceptional circumstances where significant outcomes will be generated. Applicants can apply for a maximum of 40% of the projects’ eligible costs.

What is eligible

  • Investments in machinery and equipment to help the production, extraction, mobilising, processing and marketing of timber and non-timber forest products;
  • the processing, mobilising and marketing of products for new forestry technologies;
  • investments that enhance forestry potential or add value to forest products by processing, mobilising or marketing;
  • the costs of developing wood-fuel supply chains;
  • transportation of wood within a forest by specialized forestry equipment, excluding standard transport activities; and
  • investments in the production, processing and marketing of non-timber forest products, particularly wild venison. This shall include on-holding cold storage and butchery facilities.

What isn’t covered

In addition to the list of costs which can’t be claimed on pages 5 and 6 of the Handbook, the following costs are not eligible under this priority:

  • large scale or industrial processing undertaken by static machinery with an annual processing capacity that is more than 10,000m3.
  • hand tools (including chain saws) and consumables;
  • investments in woodland creation or the management of woodland itself; and
  • the preparation of woodland management plans.

Contact Details

For further information, please contact:-

laz@lincolnshire.gov.uk

HOW TO APPLY

1) Check if your project is located in the Lindsey Action Zone (Open Map)

2) Download and read the Applicant Handbook

3) Check the application submission dates

4) Complete an Outline Application Form (see guidance notes)

5) Submit to LAZ@lincolnshire.gov.uk

If you are unsure if your project is eligible for funding please email your contact details and query to us and a member of the Funding Team will be in touch with you. LAZ@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

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