It is hoped that the Scottish Government will soon confirm the timing of the next RPAC(s) for Axis 1 (business development) and Axis 3 (rural enterprise and rural communities). The February 2011 RPACs fully committed Axes 1 and 3 funding for financial year 2011 - 2012. Future RPAC(s) will therefore only be considering those projects with a start date beyond April 2012.
Applicants are reminded that from 1 May 2011, applications for agri-environment projects up to £50,000 on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and Natura Sites will be considered under an ongoing approval process. Applicants for these projects do not need to wait for the September RPAC.
As previously published, applicants with forestry only proposals can apply under an ongoing approval process and do not need to wait for the September RPAC.
As announced in March, the Axis 2 Rural Priorities option Management of Hedgerows has been suspended until further notice. You can however apply for the Extended Hedges option, which remains open. further information is available from the Scottish Government