Farmers, crofters and other land managers are being reminded that they can use the Regional Priority 9 Ongoing Approval process for applications to the Rural Priorities scheme, part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP).
The process can be used for applications of up to £50,000 for work that will benefit designated nature conservation.
These applications can be considered for approval on an ongoing basis without going to the September 2012 meetings of the Regional Proposal Assessment Committees (RPAC). They need to be submitted by 31 July, along with an Outcome Plan and all supporting documents such as maps and any specialist plans.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their nearest Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) office before preparing their application. This will allow time to discuss the management needed for the designated site.