Some items/projects will be ineligible for grant support under the FBIS 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. Some further clarification is provided below:
- Projects/equipment required for your business to comply with existing statutory regulatory requirements. For example: slurry capacity facilities for businesses currently below the minimum statutory capacity requirements (22 or 26 weeks).
- Standard agricultural equipment. For example: tractors, trailers, quads, farm handlers, forklifts, combines, 4x4s, ATVs, RTVs etc.
- Items/projects that do not add to the Gross Value Added (GVA) of your farm business and are not essential. For example: lane concreting/enhancements, landscaping, general purpose sheds, machinery sheds and workshops.
- Like for like replacements/general maintenance. For example: repair projects and reroofing.
- Conversion construction projects. For example: transforming a silo into a livestock shed. However, new equipment could be retrofitted into existing buildings, for example, a new milking parlour/robot could go into an existing shed, provided an engineer’s certificate was present to show the building is structurally fit for purpose to support the new kit and it has a 20 year design life.
- Purchase and installation of renewable energy investments. A support framework is already available through the Department for the Economy.
- Second hand equipment. Ineligible under the EU approved NI RDP 2014-2020
- Equipment typically used by contractors. For example: balers, silage harvesters
- Projects associated with food processing buildings and equipment
- Consumables such as feed, fuel or spray
- Investments relating to non-agricultural animals