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Last chance to apply for Farm Diversification funds

Last chance to apply for Farm Diversification funds
03 December 2018

A fund aimed at supporting farm diversification projects in Orkney has opened again for a final round of applications.

Around £150k is still available from the local LEADER Programme.

LEADER Development Officer, Alison Barclay, said: “There has been fewer applications than we would have expected, which is good news for any farmers with ideas for ways to stabilise or increase income, utilising farm assets they already have such as land, buildings or equipment.

“However the fund is reaching it’s time limit – so it’s vital that farmers make contact with us as soon as possible for guidance on how to make an application.”

Examples of diversification activities which may be eligible for funding could include:

Provision of leisure activities such as equine facilities or adventure playgrounds.

Service provision such as kennels, exhibition spaces and cafes.

Creation of retail spaces such as farm shops or retail outlets.

Provision of specialised tourist accommodation, such as farm campsites and 'glamping' pods.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 9 January 2019. Potential projects will then be able to work up applications for the final deadline of 14 March 2019, with any necessary planning and match funding in place by 1 May 2019.

Interested parties should contact the LEADER team immediately on 01856 873535 extension 2855.

More details can be found on the Orkney LEADER website.