The BNED LEADER Approach is now open for business and invites projects to apply for funding

The BNED LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) has been awarded €1,713,000 of European Agricultural Fund For Rural Development (EAFRD) through the Rural Development Programme for England for the funding of rural projects in the local area. This represents a Sterling equivalent of approximately £1,370,000 (this figure may alter in line with Euro exchange rates).

Funding will still be available until such time as the UK exits the European Union.

 

 

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Priority 1 – Support to increase farm productivity

1a) A project to improve the overall performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding

Grant funding can help pay for:

  • equipment and machinery to improve the efficiency of the use of energy, water, fertiliser and other direct inputs
  • equipment and machinery to reduce impacts on soils
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • investments to improve the management of slurry and manures to reduce the
  • reliance on artificial fertilisers and improve the nutrient management of soils
  • investments to mechanise production, increase productivity and help reduce harvest losses

1b) An investment in improving animal health and welfare

Grant funding can help pay for: 

  • equipment to improve animal welfare and support the management and prevention of disease
  • improving the early detection of diseases
  • equipment and machinery to improve animal handling above ‘standard equipment’

Who can apply for LEADER funding under priority 1a) & 1b)

  • farmers
  • groups of farmers
  • horticultural producers

Costs could include:

  • the buying of new and second hand equipment
  • costs related to the project such as engineer and consultant fees (as long as these don’t add up to more than 15% of the project’s total eligible costs)
  • buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software (but not an off-the-shelf piece of software like Microsoft Office)
  • patents, licences, copyrights and trademarks
     

1c) A project for processing primary agricultural produce to add value

Who can apply

  • farmers
  • horticultural producers
  • landowners
  • micro and small processing businesses
  • someone who wants to start a processing business

Grant funding can help pay for:

  • investment in equipment, technologies or processes to develop new or higher quality agri-food products
  • construction or conversion of buildings to be used for processing activities
  • investments in the production and processing of non-timber forest products, particularly wild venison, including on-holding cold storage and butchery facilities
  • investments in collaborative grain processing facilities which benefit a number of farmers
  • food processing projects investing in equipment, technologies or processes to reduce waste

Costs could include:

  • constructing and/or improving buildings
  • buying new and second hand equipment and machinery
  • The following costs are also eligible, if they form part of a larger project being funded:
  • architect, engineer or consultant fees related to the project (as long as these don’t add up to more than 15% of the project’s total eligible costs)
  • buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software (but not an off-the-shelf piece of software like Microsoft Office)
  • patents, licences, copyrights or trademarks
  • landscaping, when it is ‘making good’ as part of a larger construction project.
  • development of marketing materials, but not their production or distribution

1d) Investments in reservoirs and irrigation

Who can apply

  • farmers
  • groups of farmers
  • horticultural producers  

Grant funding can help pay for:

  • constructing a water storage reservoir (above or below ground) for use in crop production including construction of dam walls
  • synthetic liner, if needed
  • overflow / spillway
  • associated infrastructure such as
  • abstraction point including pump
  • pipework to fill the reservoir
  • water meters
  • irrigation pump(s) and controls
  • pumphouse
  • underground water distribution main and hydrants
  • filtration equipment including sand or screen filters and UV treatment
  • fencing for synthetically lined reservoirs only
  • best practice or innovative water application equipment such as
  • trickle irrigation
  • boom irrigators
  • software and sensors to optimise water application
  • buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software to monitor soil moisture levels and schedule irrigation (but not an off-the-shelf piece of software like Microsoft Office)
  • construction engineer fees for the project (as long as these don’t add up to more than 15% of the project’s total eligible costs)

Are panel engineer fees eligible?

Construction engineer fees (if incurred after a Grant Funding Agreement is signed) are potentially eligible but fees for supervising engineers and inspecting engineers are not eligible.