While the main funding rounds for Rural Priorities have come to an end, applications under the on-going approvals process are still being accepted, but there is a deadline approaching: 17 April.
Rural Priorities applications can be submitted during 2013 for agri-environment and forestry projects eligible for the ongoing approval process. If applications are approved, contracts must be accepted and confirmed by 31 December 2013. Land managers interested in the designated sites ongoing approval process should register their interest with SNH by April 17, 2013. Applications must be submitted by 17 July 2013 and committed by 31 August 2013, along with all supporting documentation.
Extending expiring contracts, or part of contracts, addressing the management of designated sites (SSSI, SAC or SPA) or the management of iconic species (iconic species include hen harrier, chough, corn bunting, corncrake, capercaillie, black grouse, red squirrel, farmland waders and seed-eating birds) will be considered for high priority projects which meet value for money criteria. Further information on this will be provided in due course.
Land managers interested in forestry grants should contact Forestry Commission Scotland.