|Farm Business Grant||
A new Farm Business Grant EOI window will open on 1st September 2021 with a budget of £2 million from remaining RDP funds.
Farmers will be able to receive support to invest in new technology and equipment to improve the farm performance.
Further information can be found here: https://gov.wales/farm-business-grant
|1st September - 1st October 2021|
|Farming Connect What’s On||
As a result of the pandemic, Farming Connect has taken the decision to postpone all open events and one-to-many events until further notice. They are conducting a number of activities digitally or over the phone where possible.
More information can be found here:
|Farming Connect ICT Programme|| Farming Connect is now offering ICT training courses for beginners and intermediate learners.
One-to-one sessions and online workshops are also available on integrating ICT technology into your farm business
Further information can be found here.
|Rural Business Investment Scheme Non Agricultural - Window 2||
This window of the RBIS has been allocated a budget of £2 million and covers capital investments costs and supports project in Wales that contribute to at least one of the below:
Applicants will be required to demonstrate that a viable market has been identified for their product(s) and that the project would not proceed without the grant.
The maximum grant rate for any individual investment project is 40% of the total costs.
The maximum grant threshold per undertaking for any individual investment project is £50,000, and the minimum is £5,000
Further information and how to apply can be found here: https://gov.wales/rural-business-investment-scheme-non-agriculture
|20 August 2021|
Farming Connect Training Application Window
The next Farming Connect training application window will open on 6th September and will close on 29th October 2021.
|6th September - 29th October 2021|
In a recent written statement by Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change, it was revealed that Welsh Government is planning to increase tree planting targets to 5,000 hectares per year. Welsh Government's previous targets were 2,000 hectares per year, rising to 4,000ha as soon as possible.
According to the Minister, Wales needs to plant 180,000 hectares by 2050 in line with the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Last year only 290ha of woodland was planted in Wales. The Deputy Minister called this a ‘call to arms’ in order to meet climate change commitments, as well as provide a wide range of other benefits to Wales.
A Trees Task Force has also found that “current Welsh Government funding for tree planting has been too inconsistent and difficult to access. While it is important to ensure that new woodland is planted in the right places and in the right way, the process for doing this is too slow and bureaucratic”
Welsh Government believes that these revised targets will be met by communities, farmers and other landowners across Wales, as opposed to new woodland planted by the Welsh Government.
Over the next two years, the Minister has committed £17 million to new windows of the Glastir Woodland Creation scheme, and a new Woodland for Wales Action Plan will be launched later this year.