Where there is no commercial gain – up to 100% of the costs.
Where an applicant would benefit commercially from a project – 40% to 80% depending on how much commercial benefit is derived.
If an activity is equivalent to one under Countryside Stewardship (CS), the Programme payment rate will be the same as the CS rate. If not, funding offers will be based on the projected costs of an activity.
The minimum grant will be £1,000 and the maximum will be £25,000 for individual projects. Exceptional projects which can demonstrate true collaboration and landscape scale outcomes could be funded up to £50,000.
Farming in Protected Landscapes and other funding sources
The Programme will work alongside – not in competition with – Defra’s existing and new schemes, adding value where it is most needed. If a potential project can be rewarded through those schemes instead, you will be made aware of them. Note that those seeking support for machinery to increase productivity should utilise the Countryside Productivity Scheme rather than project grants through Farming in Protected Landscapes.
Large scale tree planting may be best delivered through Forestry Commission funding including the England Woodland Creation Offer.