Introduction to the Scheme
The Capital Scheme has two separate tiers – Tier 1 and Tier 2. The grant rate of funding for both tiers in the Scheme is 40% of eligible costs. Two tranches of the Scheme are planned in the initial phase. The second tranche is planned for autumn 2017.
Please note that Tranche 1 of Tier 1 closed for applications on 16 December 2016.
The objective of Tier 1 is to improve the sustainability of farms in Northern Ireland. It will provide support for farmers and growers to invest in equipment and machinery that will help realise improvements in efficiency, environmental practice, animal health and welfare, and health and safety, associated with modern farming practices.
Tier 1 is for projects costing from £5,000 - £30,000 (eligible costs) and is primarily aimed at the purchase of off the shelf equipment and machinery.
To find out more about Tier 1, click here.
Reference priced list of eligible items
In completing the application form you will have to select items from a reference priced list of eligible items available here.
Please note that Tranche 1 of Tier 2 will close for applications on 10 March 2017
The focus of Tier 2 is on larger scale investment to encourage a step change in the agriculture and horticulture sectors, and to drive transformational investment in future proofed, fit for purpose, modern infrastructure and equipment, guided by a robust business planning process within assisted farms.
Tier 2 is for projects costing from £30,000 - unlimited (with £250,000 maximum grant) and is primarily for construction projects and the purchase of higher value equipment linked to the needs in the farmer’s business plan.
To find out more about Tier 2 and how to apply click here.
Some items/areas will be ineligible for grant support through the Capital Scheme, such as:
- like for like replacement or maintenance;
- consumables such as feed, fuel or spray;
- investments relating to non-agricultural animals and
- items that meet existing statutory requirements such as minimum slurry storage.
For more information on ineligible items click here.
Additional information will be placed on the DAERA website as it becomes available.
Frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available here and will be updated regularly.
Government Gateway login details
You will need a Government Gateway ID to access some of the DAERA online services. If you do not already have one, guidance on how to apply for a Government Gateway ID to access DAERA online services is available here.
‘Making it Safer’ self assessment
All applicants to both tiers of the Scheme must complete the ‘Making it Safer’ self assessment certificate where the applicant will be required to answer questions relating to their own farm on Slurry, Animals, Falls and Equipment (SAFE).
This is an online tool and it is available here. A certificate will be issued on completion.
Educational Attainment - Level II Eligible Qualifications
A list of eligible qualifications under the 'Educational Attainment' selection criterion for the Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS) – Capital Scheme can be found here.
If you have a query or wish to contact us about the Farm Business Improvement Scheme – Capital Scheme click here.