Farmers and landowners are now able to apply for funding, through the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FIPL) programme, for one-off projects. If your proposed project delivers a fundable outcome for the climate, nature and people – you may be eligible for a grant. The programme has been developed by DEFRA with the support of AONB and National Park staff and is particularly relevant to those in our local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The grant can cover capital and revenue costs of up to a 100%. The amount of funding offered by your local Protected Landscape body will depend on both how much commercial gain your project will provide and the level of contribution to the climate, nature and people.
Your project must support certain outcomes such as:
- Nature recovery
- Mitigating the impacts of climate change
- Providing opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage
- Protect or improve the quality and character of the landscape or place
How applications will be assessed
Your application will be scored:
- 40% for project outcomes - climate, nature, people and place
- 20% for value for money
- 20% for how sustainable the project is or the legacy it will leave
- 20% for how likely you are to carry out the project
Amount of funding
If you will not make a commercial gain from your proposed project, you could get up to 100% of the costs covered by the programme. If you will benefit from the project, then the programme will only fund a proportion of the costs. The amount granted will depend on how much your project will benefit your business.
How to apply
To apply for funding, you can contact your relevant Protected Landscape body to request an application form. Find guidance on which body to contact on the gov.uk website. The programme closes for applications in 2024 and your project must complete by March 2024.
For further advice contact our expert team on 01242 801748.