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Wales’ Farming Businesses Could Apply for Capital Works Scheme with £1.5m Budget

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Land managers and farming businesses across Wales have an opportunity to apply for capital works under a Water theme, to improve water management, for the Glastir Small Grants Scheme. The total budget available for the scheme is £1.5 million with grants available up to a maximum of £7,500 subject to selection.

Available activities will fall into two categories.

remote_welsh_farm_-_panoramioTo improve water quality there will be activities such as cross drains, gutters and downpipes to separate clean and dirty water run off from yards and tracks. This will reduce the volume of dirty water so that it can be stored and disposed of correctly.

There will also be activities such as small scale tree planting, hedgerow planting and pond restoration which will reduce the amount of water running off farmland, helping to reduce the risk of flooding.

If you wish to be considered for Glastir Small Grants, you will need to submit an expression of interest, which is only available online via the Rural Payments Wales (RPW) Online facility. If you have not registered as a customer on RPW Online, you are encouraged to do so immediately otherwise you may not be able to apply. All land must already be registered with the Welsh Government’s Land Parcel Identification system (LPIS). Glastir Small Grants forms part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme for Wales 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

The expression of interest for the second Glastir Small Grants theme window closes at 11:59pm on Monday 23 January 2017.

For further information and guidance please visit the Welsh Government website.

Business News Wales