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Role of the Case Officer

The Case Officer will be allocated cases by a regional co-ordinator.

It is the role of the Case Officer to manage the application process from the SoI stage to the point at which your full Proposal is committed, assessed and finally presented to the RPAC*.

At the SoI stage, the Case Officer will:

  • Assess your SoI, awarding it a ' red' or ' amber' rating
  • Offer feedback on your SoI to assist you in making a full proposal
  • Offer advice on the competitiveness of potential funding for the activities you have put forward.

At the Proposal stage, the Case Officer will:

  • Assess your submitted proposal, seeking advice and information from colleagues in other public bodies and agencies as required
  • Submit your proposal for consultation where required - planting of new and felling of existing woodlands
  • Provide you with feedback on how your application could be improved before you commit your proposal for formal assessment
  • Formally assess your full proposal and make a recommendation to the RPAC* as to whether it should approve (in part or in full) your proposal or reject it. There are three possible outcomes:
    • Where the Case Officer is satisfied with the Proposal they will score it and recommend that the RPAC* approve it in full.
    • Where there are issues or concerns about parts of the Proposal, the Case officer may score part of the Proposal and recommend that the RPAC* should approve it in part.
    • If fundamental problems are identified - for example, detailed eligibility or feasibility, then the Case Officer will not score the Proposal and will recommend to the RPAC* that it should reject the Proposal.

* Please note that some applications are dealt with using the ongoing approval process:

(a) Ongoing approval process for forestry option only applications

If your Proposal is limited to specific Regional Priorities and only contains Forestry Options then we may be able to approve your application without referring it to the RPAC. Your application will still be assessed and scored in the normal way and must achieve the threshold score set by the NPAC. In these cases the RPAC decision will be delegated to the FCS Conservator.

(b) Ongoing approval process for Regional Priority 9 applications

If your Proposal does not exceed £50k in value and is entirely under Regional Priority 9 (i.e. addressing SSSI or Natura sites) we may be able to approve it without referring it to the RPAC. Your application will still be assessed and scored in the normal way and must achieve the threshold score set by the NPAC.