FBIS Capital Scheme - Tier 2 Tranche 2 – Expression of Interest Stage

This page contains information for the Tier 2 Tranche 2 – Expression of Interest stage of the FBIS Capital Scheme.

An Expression of Interest (EoI) for the second tranche of Tier 2 of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme - Capital (FBIS-C) opened on Monday 19 July and will close at 4pm on 13 August 2021

Tier 2 is for projects costing from £30,000 - unlimited (within the overall maximum grant limit of £250,000 available under the NI Rural Development Programme 2014-20) and is primarily for construction projects and the purchase of higher value equipment linked to the needs in the farmer’s business plan at 40% of eligible costs.

The total maximum grant available to a successful applicant availing of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 is £250,000 over the lifetime of the RDP 2014-20.

The application process for Tier 2 Tranche 2 has changed from the first tranche of the scheme into a two stage process:

A/ Completion of an online Expression of Interest (EoI) (Stage 1 of the application process) – this must be completed by anyone who wishes to make a full application at stage 2 and the link to the form is available further below.

B/ Completion of a full application (Stage 2 of the application process) – for those who have completed an EoI, and to be confirmed later as part of a separate process.

The EoI (stage 1) does not constitute a definite commitment from the Department to proceed to the full application of the scheme. The Department will assess the information received from the Expressions of Interest before a final decision is made to launch the full application stage.

Applicants to Tier 2 will be required to submit a separate robust, viable and sustainable business plan as part of their full application, which shows that they have carefully planned their investment and what difference the proposed project will make in transforming their farm into a more sustainable, efficient and safer business.

All projects which involve construction or renovation of buildings, or which include equipment which could increase livestock capacity will require planning permission or a Certificate of Lawful use/Development to be in place before a full application is submitted (Stage 2 of the application process).

In addition, support will not be provided for proposals (for either construction or equipment) which increase confinement of cattle (dairy or beef) i.e. which would lead to an increase in time housed and a decrease in the average number of days (including partial days) for cattle grazing outside. 

It is recommended that applicants read all the guidance information below prior to considering completion of the Expression of Interest for Tier 2 Tranche 2.

Tier 2 Tranche 2 – Expression of interest - explanatory booklet

An explanatory booklet is available for reference to assist you in preparing your EoI application. You can access the booklet Here.

Tier 2 Tranche 2 - Expression of Interest - Application Form

The Expression of Interest application form can be accessed here 

Tier 2 Tranche 2 - Expression of Interest - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A list of FAQs for the Tier 2 Tranche 2 Expression of Interest stage is available here.

Possession of a valid DAERA Category 1 Farm Business ID

A Category 1 Farm Business ID is required for all applicants to the FBIS Capital Scheme.  Further information and details on how to apply for a DAERA Farm Business ID can be found here


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