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The FFIS is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is a scheme of support developed to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses to become more efficient at using resources. This scheme aims to help make businesses more profitable and resilient whilst reducing the impact of farming on the environment.

Round 3 of the FFIS launched on the 4th February 2014 and is expected to award around £10m of grant support under FFIS in this third round. The closing date for applications is Friday 4th April 2014.

The maximum grant per business for FFIS Round 3 is now £35,000 and the minimum grant is £2,500.

The maximum grant rate available from FFIS for applicants in non-upland areas is up to 40% of eligible costs

The maximum grant avaialable from FFIS in in upland areas (where 50% or more of the land is within a SDA, or forestry/contracting businesses based within the SDA) is 50% of eligible costs.

To help you better understand the FFIS application process please visit the Defra website here or contact Andrew Kitching at andrew.kitching@yorwoods.org.uk. The FFIS will also be discussed at the workshops as promoted below. If you wish to attend please let us know.

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