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List of Rural Priorities Options

This page lists all the Options available under Rural Priorities. 1

Please note that if you intend to apply for support for any of these, you will need to demonstrate how the Option(s) will contribute towards the priorities for your region in your particular circumstances. Some Options may be available through a number of regional priorities. If you identify any Option(s) you wish to apply for, you will also have to identify the most relevant regional priorities to deliver the Options selected. If the Option you choose does not deliver the particular Regional Priority you select you may be scored low during the assessment of your case. You must demonstrate how the Option you choose delivers the Regional Priority.

To view the priorities for your region, please select the region from the left hand menu.

There are 3 axes within the European Commission Regulation (EC 1698/2005) on support for rural development:

  • Axis 1 - improving the competitiveness of agriculture and forestry by supporting restructuring, development and innovation.
  • Axis 2 - improving the environment and the countryside by supporting land management.
  • Axis 3 - improving the quality of life in rural areas and encouraging diversification of economic activity.

Each key axis consists of a group of Options with specific goals. You can view the details of each Option by selecting them from the lists below:
 

Axes 1 and 3 for June 2013 funding round - now closed:

Applications submitted for the June 2013 funding round were subject to the following:

The maximum level of grant is applied at project level. Multiple applications from the same business which contribute to the same outcomes were viewed as a single application.

 

  1. Skills Development
  2. Setting up Young Farmers - Interest Rate Relief
  3. Nutrient Management Plan(option closed from 2010)
  4. Soil and Water Management Programme(option closed from 2010)
  5. Restructuring Agricultural Businesses
  6. Manure/Slurry Storage
  7. Manure/Slurry Treatment
  8. Short Rotation Coppice Crops of Willow or Poplar
  9. Renewable Energy - Agriculture
  10. Renewable Energy - Forestry
  11. Improving the Economic Value of Forests (Closed to new applications from October 1st 2012)
  12. Processing and Marketing of Primary Products
  13. Co-operation - Non Food and Forestry Supply Chain
  14. Provision and Upgrading of Infrastructure
  15. Treat Run-Off of Pollutants - Biobeds
  16. Treat Run-Off of Pollutants - Farm Wetlands

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Options available under Axis 2

  1. Conversion and Maintenance of Organic Farming
  2. Wild Bird Seed Mix/Unharvested Crop
  3. Mown Grassland For Wildlife
  4. Mown Grassland For Corn Buntings
  5. Mown Grassland For Corncrake or Choughs
  6. Grazed Grassland For Corncrakes
  7. Creation And Management of Cover For Corncrakes
  8. Management Of Cover For Corncrakes
  9. Open Grazed Or Wet Grassland For Wildlife
  10. Mammal and Bird Control
  11. Supplementary Food Provision For Raptors
  12. Wardening For Golden Eagles(option closed from 2010)
  13. Control of Invasive Non-Native Species
  14. Management of Species Rich Grassland
  15. Bracken Management Programme for Habitat Enhancement
  16. Creation and Management of Species Rich Grassland
  17. Management of Habitat Mosaics
  18. Management of Wetland
  19. Create, Restore and Manage Wetland
  20. Management/Restoration of Lowland Raised Bogs
  21. Water Margins and Enhanced Riparian Buffer Areas
  22. Management of Flood Plains
  23. Buffer Areas for Fens and Lowland Raised Bogs
  24. Coastal, Serpentine and Special Interest Heath
  25. Lowland Heath
  26. Wildlife Management on Upland and Peatland Sites
  27. Management of Moorland Grazing
  28. Moorland Grazings on Uplands and Peatlands
  29. Moorland - Stock Disposal
  30. Away-Wintering of Sheep
  31. Off-Wintering of Sheep
  32. Muirburn and Heather Swiping
  33. Management of Hedgerows(option temporarily suspended)
  34. Extended Hedges
  35. Grass Margins and Beetlebanks
  36. Biodiversity Cropping on In-Bye
  37. Cropped Machair
  38. Management of Ancient Wood Pasture
  39. Scrub and Tall Herb Communities
  40. Arable Reversion to Grassland
  41. Habitat Grazing Management (available as an Actual Cost Capital Item from June 2011)
  42. Livestock Tracks, Gates and River Crossings
  43. Conservation Management for Small Units
  44. Creation and Management of Grassland for Hen Harriers
  45. Grazed Grassland for Chough
  46. Grazing Management of Cattle
     
  47. Woodland Creation:
    Changes to Option from February 2014. You can read the full details in the FCS Briefing Note 9  - SRDP Forestry Grants.
    Changes to Option from 1st October 2012. You can read the full details in the FCS Briefing Note 6 – SRDP Forestry Grants
     
  48. Sustainable Management of Forests:
    Changes to Option from February 2014. You can read the full details in the FCS Briefing Note 9 - SRDP Forestry Grants. 
    Changes to Option from 1st October 2012.
    You can read the full details in the FCS Briefing Note 6 – SRDP Forestry Grants
     
  49. Woodland Improvement Grant:
    Changes to Option from February 2014. You can read the full details in the FCS Briefing Note 9 - SRDP Forestry Grants.
    Changes to Option from 1st October 2012. You can read the full details in the FCS Briefing Note 6 – SRDP Forestry Grants
     

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Options available under Axis 3

Note: projects that seek funding for Diversification Outwith Agriculture or Development/Creation of Micro-Enterprises are not permissible under Axis 1 (Regional Priorities 1-7 or 16-18) . You must seek funding for these projects under Axis 3 (Regional Priorities 13, 15, 25-32) instead.

  1. Diversification Outwith Agriculture
  2. Support for Renewable Energy - Non Land-Based
  3. Development/Creation of Micro-Enterprises
  4. Information & Awareness Raising
  5. Area Access Management
  6. Reducing Bacterial Contamination in Watercourses
  7. Community Services and Facilities(option now closed to new applications)
  8. Management of Archaeological or Historical Sites
  9. Management and Repair of Vernacular Buildings
  10. Enjoyment of Rural Landscapes
  11. Upland Habitat Management Plan
  12. Skills Development to Improve Quality of Life
  13. Collaborative Local Development Strategies(option closed from 2010)

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