- 17 Oct 2018
Date received: 25 September 2018
Date responded: 17 October 2018
You asked for funding given out under the New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme (NECGS).
Your request was in two parts.
- How much funding was given out under the NECGS by financial year? The answer is below:
2015/16 - £0
2016/17 - £1,284,631.88
2017/18 - £2,994,730.27
2018 to 31 July 2018 - £767,650.42
- How much funding was given out as a percentage of the total budget available to the NECGS in these same financial years? The answer is below:
2015/16 - 0%
2016/17 - 16.1%
2017/18 - 37.4%
2018 to 31 July 2018 - 9.6%
 Under the scheme, beneficiaries have 12 months to complete the work and submit a claim. As the scheme only opened to applications on 1 January 2015 no payments were made before 31 March 2016.
 The NECGS is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014-20, which assumed £22 million of support for the three schemes dedicated to helping new entrants (Young Farmers Start-up Grant Scheme, New Entrants Start-up Grant Scheme and the NECGS). The indicative budget for the NECGS is £8 million. As requested, the answer provides actual spend up to 31 July 2018. We expect, however, to have committed the full indicative budget taking into account existing outstanding claims and the assessment of applications received prior to the scheme closure date of 31 August 2018.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House