In addition to Countryside Stewardship, three further schemes form part of the Rural Development Programme for England 2014-2020 and provide funding opportunities for the forestry sector:
How grants can help your forestry business
Free, specialist support is now available to forestry businesses to help them access Rural Development Programme (RDPE) funding.
Do you want to expand your forestry business?
Forestry businesses can apply for funding via a number of different RDPE grant schemes – Growth Programme, Leader and Countryside Productivity.
These grants typically cover up to 40% of the total costs for a project that enhances the potential of woodland or adds value to a forestry product.
Money is available for a variety of activities including woodland harvesting, extraction and small-scale processing kit as well as for creating alternative products and developing new forest technologies.
Access free, specialist advice
We are running a series of local events (including application masterclasses, machinery demonstrations and pie and pint evenings) for forestry contractors and owner-producers, to provide a detailed overview of the grants available and practical advice on how to apply.
Develop your business plan
Further one-to-one support is also available in some cases, provided by the Forestry Advisory Consortium England (FACE), to help you identify the right technical solutions and the best grant for your business.
Last year more than 60 businesses were given free one-to-one business planning, financial forecasting and legal advice, helping them with the paperwork to create a ready to go grant application.
To register your interest in receiving support, contact your local area office.