Welsh Labour’s Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans has announced several new support mechanisms for Welsh farmers, foresters, and fishers providing access to millions of pounds of European funding.
The Welsh Labour Government’s Rural Communities scheme supports a wide range of investments designed to increase the sustainability and resilience of our natural environment, land-based sector, food businesses and communities. More than £400 million of Welsh Government funding has been allocated to this programme over its lifetime.
The Minister is making the following schemes available within the next month:
- The launch of the Sustainable Management Scheme to support collaborative landscape scale projects to deliver actions that improve our natural resources and delivers real benefits to farms, rural businesses and local communities.
- A further Expression of Interest (EOI) window for the Food Business Investment scheme worth £14m to open on 29th February.
- A second window for the Sustainable Production Grant, with a budget of £6m, three times the size of first window.
- Another EOI window for the Rural Community Development fund, which aims to tackle poverty in rural communities, worth £4m.
- A further £2.3m available for the Glastir Woodland Creation scheme as well as another £1m for Glastir Woodland Restoration, to help the forestry sector meet the challenge of Phytophthora Ramorum disease in larch.
- The Timber Business Investment Scheme will also open later this month, to support proposals to encourage both active woodland management and increased value of outputs.
Further details are available here.