The Scottish Government has provided updates on the 2016 and 2017 SRDP scheme application rounds.
2016 AECS and IPA Application Rounds
The decisions on applications which have completed all stages of the 2016 assessment process are close to being finalised. All applicants should be notified of the outcome of their application i.e. successful or unsuccessful, by letter before the end of the year. A further update will follow closer to when the decision letters are to be issued.
2017 AECS and IPA Application Rounds
The next application round for AECS is expected to open in early 2017, and the IPA application round is expected to run from 20 March to 31 May. Further information on the confirmed opening dates will be shared publicly in due course.
While applicants can start to prepare their applications now, SGRPID would not encourage these to be submitted online until the 2017 application rounds are officially open. The full scheme guidance, including requirements for the individual Management Options and Capital items, is under review and any changes to be made will take place prior to the opening of the next application rounds for both schemes. You will be informed once the updates have been completed.
Applicants must check the updated guidance prior to submitting any applications. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the eligibility requirements are met.
Please note that these schemes are funded through the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020. The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution has announced that he will be passing on the guarantees from Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) in full for the SRDP, whereby as long as contracts are signed before the date of EU Exit then payments will be guaranteed even if they extend beyond that date.