Farmers affected by recent floods will be able to apply for grants to help repair man-made floodbanks from today, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has confirmed.
The Agricultural Floodbank Repair Grant Scheme was announced by the First Minister earlier this year, with £1 million being set aside to fund the repair of man-made floodbanks on farms in nine local authorities, including the Scottish Borders.
Scottish Government worked with NFU Scotland to develop a scheme that will deliver targeted help with minimal red tape.
Mr Lochhead said: “Farmers who require support to restore man-made floodbanks on their farms can now apply for the Agricultural Floodbank Repair Grant Scheme. This scheme is made up of £1 million funding and will cover the standard costs of repairs, up to a cap of £20,000 per business, and cover farmers affected by flooding in nine local authorities during December and early January.
“I also recently announced a number of measures to complement this scheme, including flexibility on greening and cross compliance rules, following a visit to a farm in Perthshire, where it was jaw dropping to see the scale and impact of the flooding.
“SEPA will also take a pragmatic approach while farmers turn their efforts to getting things back to normal.”
NFUS president Allan Bowie said: “This scheme, requested by NFUS, offers welcome support to flood-hit farmers.
“I urge those with damaged floodbanks to apply before the deadline closes at the end of February with applications to be approved shortly after.
“It is important to note that grant approval will be needed prior to any repair works commencing. Farmers should apply to the scheme as soon as possible.”
Applications for the Agricultural Floodbank Repair Grant Scheme are available online at https://www.ruralpayments.org/publicsite/futures/topics/all-schemes/floodbank-repair-scheme/.
The deadline for returning the completed application forms (along with supporting evidence) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org is Monday, February 29.