Sustainable Production Grant (SPGS) is a new grant release by Welsh Government under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. This funding is designed to help farmers in Wales to improve the economic and environmental performance of their agricultural holdings. Its objectives are to increase on-farm investment, to increase technical performance, increase on-farm production efficiencies and to increase on-farm resource efficiencies.
Examples of Eligible Costs:
- Tangible assets such as buildings, machinery and equipment
- Intangible assets such as computer software, patent rights and licences and technical and consultancy fees
- Purchases/activities must address at least one of the following Focus Areas:
Focus Area 2.
Enhancing competitiveness of all types of agriculture and enhancing farm viability, with a focus on the following areas:
- facilitating restructuring of farms facing major structural problems, notably farms with a low degree of market participation, market-oriented farms in particular sector and farms in need of agricultural diversification.
Focus Area 3.
Promoting food chain organisation and risk management in agriculture, with a focus on the following areas:
- better integrating primary producers into the food chain through quality schemes, promotion in local markets and short supply circuits, producer groups and inter-branch organisations.
- supporting farm risk management.
Focus Area 4.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems dependent on agriculture and forestry:
- improving water management
- improving soil management
Focus Area 5.
Promoting resource efficiency and supporting the shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient economy in agriculture, food and forestry sectors, with a focus on the following areas:
- increasing efficiency in water use by agriculture.
- increasing efficiency in energy use in agriculture and food processing
- facilitating the supply and use of renewable sources of energy (for own use only), of by products, wastes, residues and other non-food raw material for purposes of the bio-economy.
- reducing nitrous oxide and methane emissions from agriculture
Timescales and Amounts:
There is a two stage application process with companies first having to submit and Expression of Interest (EOI) and then a more detailed full application if invited after this EOI stage.
|Full applications invited from:||30-Nov-15|
|Deadline for submission of full applications||31-May-16|
|Maximum Grant %||40%|
Please note that the information above is a summary of the detailed eligibility criteria and scheme guidance notes. These documents should be read in full before making any application or committing to costs associated with a project.