Agricultural Floodbank Restoration Scheme - Scotland

Agricultural Floodbank Restoration Scheme - Scotland

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Important - deadline for applications is 29th February 2016

Scottish Government's one million pound Agricultural Floodbank Repair Scheme is now open, meaning that any land manager whose uninsured floodbanks were damaged in the storms between 5 December 2015 and 9 January 2016 and who farms in one of the nine eligible local authorities can apply for up to £20,000 of grant support to help with restoration costs.

NFU Scotland called for recovery funding as part of a suite of measures to help farms recover and to reduce future flood risk to farmland, and welcomes this emergency funding at an already financially challenging time for Scottish agriculture. Due to the emergency nature of the situation, this funding will not count towards a farm business' Agricultural State Aid (de minimis).

The nine local authorities considered most effected by flooding, and where the scheme is therefore available, are:

  • Aberdeenshire
  • Angus
  • City of Aberdeen
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • East Ayrshire
  • Perth & Kinross
  • Scottish Borders
  • Stirling
  • South Lanarkshire

Anyone wishing to apply should fill in the simple application form (available by clicking here), email it to afrs@gov.scot, and post a signed version to Scottish Government's Rural Payments & Inspections Directorate (RPID) at P1 Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD. Paper copies are also available from local RPID offices.

Applications must be accompanied by photos of the damaged floodbanks and must be received by 29th February 2016  - thereafter all applications will be assessed. Scottish Government says that it aims to assess the applications within ten days of the closing date and issue authorisation letters soon after. It says that it is necessary to receive all applications before making funding decisions in order to match demand to the available funding (i.e. if demand is high the maximum grant may be reduced), and the repair works should not start until authorisation letters are received.

For further information please contact afrs@gov.scot or telephone 0300 244 9985 or 0300 244 9764.

To read the full document from NFU Scotland with details on costings and when the work must be completed by, please click here.


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