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Rural Priorities - Proposal Assessment

This guidance describes the proposal assessment and scoring process before a final recommendation is made to the Regional Proposal Assessment Committee (RPAC) or delegated authority if applicable.

Once you have completed and committed your Proposal, the Case Officer will assess and score it.

Where possible, the same Case Officer who dealt with your SoI will also carry out the assessment and scoring of your Proposal. If this is not possible the RPAC co-ordinator will assign your case to another Case Officer and ensure you are informed.

The Case Officer will draw on the information contained within the Proposal and Outcome Plan and any supporting information provided by you, specialist advisors, and public body organisations through formal and public consultation exercises.

You are strongly encouraged to discuss potential improvements or changes to an 'amber' SoI with your Case Officer before submitting your Proposal and certainly before you commit your Proposal (this is when it will be formally assessed and there will be no further opportunity to amend it).

The Case Officer will assess your Proposal, based on the information it contains. It is therefore important that the information is sufficiently comprehensive and supports the Regional Priorities you have selected. Only those Proposals (or parts of Proposals) that best deliver the Regional Priorities will receive funding.

Your Proposal will be assessed and scored in 3 stages:

Stage 1: Assessment of a submitted Proposal

  • Eligibility
  • Validity
  • Fit with regional priorities

Stage 2: Assessment of a committed Proposal

  • Repeat Stage 1 checks

Stage 3: Formal Scoring

The Case Officer will then normally present it to the Regional Proposal Assessment Committee (RPAC) for consideration. The RPAC will recommend to Scottish Ministers whether your Proposal should receive funding through the SRDP, either in whole or in part.

However, some applications are instead dealt with using the ongoing approval process.