TAMS II offers grant aid of 40% for certain on-farm capital investments (60% to ‘Young Farmers’).
The areas identified for funding over the period of the scheme are: farm nutrient storage, animal housing, dairy equipment, low emission spreading equipment, animal welfare and farm safety, pig and poultry investments, and organic capital investment.
The Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage
The Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage scheme provides 40% funding for investment works up to €80,000 (€160,000 in the case of registered partnerships).
The scheme is open to farmers who have a minimum of 5 hectares owned and/or leased that have been declared under the Basic Payment Scheme.
Eligible investments include animal housing enclosures and pens, automatic slurry scrapers, silage and manure pits, tanks, livestock handling units, and safety upgrades.
IFA is calling on the Minister to add additional items such as sheep fencing, underpasses, grain storage and other items as necessary over the next number of months.
Applications must be submitted online at www.agfood.ie. Applications must be accompanied by supporting documentation and applications will be assessed in accordance with prioritised criteria.
The Dairy Equipment Scheme
The Dairy Equipment Scheme offers grant aid of 40% towards the cost of dairy equipment, subject to an investment limit of €80,000.
The scheme provides funding for specific equipment, including milking machine equipment, milk storage equipment and in-parlour feeding systems.
The Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment Scheme
The Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment Scheme provides 40% funding to assist farmers to purchase new equipment for the spreading of slurry which has distinct environmental advantages.
Grant-aid will only be paid on approved, completed and eligible expenditure and shall be paid at a rate of 40%. The maximum amount of investment eligible for grant-aid under the Scheme is €40,000 per holding. However, in the case of a joint application by two or more eligible partners under a registered partnership, the maximum eligible investment ceilings referred to above shall be increased to €60,000.
The minimum amount of investment, which is eligible for approval under this Scheme, is €5,000 per application.
The scheme is open to all farmers who hold a Department identifier have a minimum of 5 hectares which have been declared under the Basic Payment Scheme, Single Farm Payment Scheme/Area Aid/Integrated Administration and Control System in the year of application or preceding year, or are engaged in the breeding, rearing or fattening of pigs and have a minimum of 60 production units at the time of application.
Applications must be submitted online through agfood.ie. Applications for aid will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria in order of priority:
- Age of the applicant
- The proposed cost of the project by the applicant as set out in paragraph 5 of the application form. For this purpose applicants will be given preference where the proposed costs are lower than the Department’s Reference Costs;
- Size of the holding/enterprise
- Nitrates Derogation and /or pig farmers
- Nitrogen from cattle manure per hectare;
- Any part of a holding in an Area of Natural Constraint.
The Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme
The Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme provides an incentive to young farmers to upgrade their agricultural buildings and equipment by providing them with an increased 60% level of support to meet the considerable capital costs associated with the establishment of their enterprises.
Under the scheme, grant aid is be paid on approved, completed and eligible on-farm capital expenditure at the rate of 60% of investment up to a maximum investment of €80,000 per holding. The minimum investment eligible is €2,000 per application. In the case of an application by two or more eligible partners in a registered partnership, the maximum eligible investment ceiling is increased to €160,000 and grant aid will be paid at 60% on the first €80,000 and 40% on the remaining balance.
Organic Capital Investment Scheme
Under the Organic Capital Investment Scheme, financial assistance is directed towards organic farmers to upgrade their agricultural buildings and equipment.
The Scheme offers 40% grant funding (60% for Young Farmers) to a ceiling of €80,000 per holding.
The minimum amount of investment which is eligible for approval under this Scheme is €2,000.
The Scheme is open to organic operators who are licensed organic operators registered with an approved organic certification body and are currently registered with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Applicants must have declared their enterprises on their organic license or must have indicated to their respective Organic Control Body that they intend to develop a specific enterprise over the next calendar year.
Application will be online for all TAMS II schemes. Ranking of applications will take place on a tranche basis. Unsuccessful eligible application will be carried over the following tranche.
Under the scheme, grant aid of 40% (60% for Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme) will be available for on-farm investment.
Payment will issue within 3 weeks once it has been determined that that work has been completed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the scheme. A deadline will be applicable for completion of the relevant investment works.
Between 5-20% of applicants will be inspected prior to approval.
Between 5-20% of applicants will be inspected pre-payment.
5% of applicants will be inspected post-payment.
Up to 48 hours notice of an inspection will be given.