Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP)

What is it?

SRDP delivers support to the rural development via Pillar 2 of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

What does it fund?

SRDP funds a range of schemes including the Forestry Grant Scheme and the Agri-environment Climate Scheme, both of which could fund measures to benefit the farm business and support diffuse pollution reduction.

How to apply

The SRDP scheme opened in March 2015. For more information see www.gov.scot/Topics/farmingrural/SRDP or contact your local RPID office or agricultural adviser.

SRDP - Forestry Grant Scheme

What is it?

The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) supports the creation of new woodlands and the sustainable management of existing woodlands.

What does it fund?

Support is available under 8 categories:

  • 2 for the creation of woodland
  • 6 for management of existing woodland

How to apply

For more information, click here 

SRDP - Agri-Environment Climate Scheme

What is it?

The Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) forms part of the 2014-2020 SRDP and aims to support actions which will help to protect our natural heritage, reduce pollution risks, increase flood resilience, adapt to and reduce climate change impacts.

What does it fund?

Total funding of £350 m over the life of the scheme is available for a wide range of individual management and capital options designed to help deliver the schemes aims and objectives.

In terms of improving water quality and reducing diffuse pollution risks, the scheme could fund options such as biobeds, managing steading drainage, creation of rural sustainable drainage systems etc.

To maximise environmental outcomes and ensure value for money, support under the AECS is geographically targeted. This means that the availability of specific options will be restricted to certain geographic areas. For example, water quality options which only produce benefits for water quality will only be available within diffuse pollution priority catchments and focus areas (see targeting maps on the SRDP website below).

full list of the various options can be found on the Scottish Government website.

How to Apply

To find out which options are be available on your farm and to apply for funding see the Scottish Government website.