The extended round of the Farming Recovery Fund 2020 has opened for applications today (18th June). This grant scheme is designed to assist farmers whose agricultural land was damaged by flooding in February 2020. The grants are available for specific land in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and North and East Yorkshire. It covers non-insurable items and activities with up to 100% funding available. The minimum grant is £500 and maximum grant is £25,000.
The eligible areas are described on the gov.uk website (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/farming-recovery-fund-extension-2020) and relate to flooding during Storm Dennis on 15th and 16th February 2020. It’s possible to check which individual fields are eligible by inputting your SBI on the application portal. Initial investigations suggest that the inclusion or exclusion of fields is a little arbitrary but most importantly, it seems that fields must have been in the floodplain of the main rivers themselves. Flooding of tributaries or other watercourses a little further away are not necessarily included, even if they were very badly affected.
There is a February 2020 Handbook which explains the new application process and a new online application portal. The online application portal can only be used if the applicant received a 2019 BPS payment (paper applications can be made but a specific form must be separately requested).
No evidence needs to be submitted with the application but will be required at the claim stage, so it will be imperative to make sure you have sufficient evidence to justify your claim. There are set or maximum prices for many of the eligible works although quotations will still be required for some of the more bespoke or expensive reinstatement tasks. The deadline for applying is 1st September 2020.
If you would like to see if you have eligible land, please get in touch and we will happily check for you.