NEW GRANT! Sustainable Production Grant Scheme (SPGS)

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.

Window opens 27-Jul-15
Window closes 30-Sep-15
Full applications invited from: 30-Nov-15
Deadline for submission of full applications 31-May-16
Maximum Grant £400,000
Minimum Grant £16,000
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.

For full information please contact the Welsh Government directly or speak with us here at Landsker on 01994 240 631.

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