Agri-Environment Initiatives Grant Scheme
The Agri-Environment Initiatives Scheme (AES) has been created within the Agriculture and Fisheries Scheme (AFGS) to widen the scope of the AFGS to enable it to better meet the current Agricultural Strategy.
The Agricultural Strategy has four key objectives:
- The Environment – providing support for targeted initiatives that produce conserved and cherished landscapes, enhance biodiversity, sequester carbon and, improve water quality and reduce flood risk
- Supporting Active Farmers – ensuring that financial support is targeted at businesses producing food, protecting the environment and catchment and landscape management
- Productivity – supporting marketing, efficiency, knowledge, benchmarking and advice to sustainably improve farm profitability and secure the long-term viability of the industry, post BREXIT
- Investment – increasing investment through capital grants, business confidence and profitability
The AES provides a mechanism to support the first three of these objectives through the following initiatives:
- The Creation of Desirable Permanent and Transient Habitats e.g. Woodland planting, dub creation, winter stubble, conservation headlands
- The Enhancement of Existing Habitats e.g. Hedge enhancement
- Protection of Existing Habitats e.g. The control of invasive species
- Catchment Management e.g. Water protection buffer zones
- Diffuse Water Pollution Management e.g. Crop Nutrient Management Plans, Manure Management Plans
- Agricultural/Horticultural initiatives e.g. Winter Cover Crops, Herd/Flock Plans, Livestock Productivity KP!s
- Wildlife Boxes
- Educational Visits
- Upland Stewardship Scheme
For further information on these initiatives please refer to the Handbook which you are able to find under the ‘Downloadable Documents’ section on this webpage.
New application forms for the 2023-2024 Upland Stewardship Scheme year will be uploaded shortly and those that have previously been in the Upland Stewardship Scheme will be contacted by the delivery partner no later than the 1 of June 2023 to assist with your application.
You can apply for all habitat creation, improvement or restoration initiatives at any time.
To apply for all other initiatives, please complete the form that will be included in your annual Agricultural Development Scheme registration pack, noting the deadline of 11 May 2023. For winter cultivation initiatives, a further deadline of 12 November 2023 will apply.
Who can apply?
An individual resident on the Island for tax purposes and carrying out agricultural or horticultural activity on the Island; who meets the Agricultural Development Scheme Active farmer criteria:
Grant rate - Manx
The Grant for the Manx Lime scheme will be calculated based on 50% of the cost of the purchase and spreading of the lime.
Grant rate - Imported
The Grant for imported will be calculated based on 25p per tonne per percentage ENV. For a product with an ENV of 57.7% this equals to 25p * 57.7 = ~£14.43/tonne.
The application process
This follows the AFGS process, the Department must have received a completed application before work has started i.e. before the lime is ordered. However for this first Scheme year (2022/23) applications dated from 1 April will be accepted.
The information required includes, basic contact details, tonnes required.
This follows the AFGS process, once the lime has been paid for, a claim for payment can be made.
Pest and Disease monitoring Purpose: Optimising production, reducing the use of Pesticides, whilst maximising returns to the farmer.
Schedule / Number 5/06o Payment Rate: 80% of costs Items of Expenditure Eligible for support include: Laboratory analysis and sampling costs, an integrated Pest Management Plan must be produced and updated annually and a copy made available to the Department if requested.
The Application Process follows the AFGS process: The Department must have received a completed application form before work commences.
The information required on Application Form includes basic contact details and number /type of testing taking place, once work has been paid for, a claim for payment can be made. A copy of the receipted invoices or proof of payment must be supplied with the grant claim form, once this has been assessed the payment will be processed. It is your responsibility to be aware of the conditions applicable to your application and the Claim Form expiry date is generally 12 months from approval.
Thie Slieau Whallian
+44 1624 695742
The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture is committed to ensuring that its services are accessible to all. If you require these documents in an alternative format and / or language please contact us to discuss your needs.