Date lodged: 13 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how much funding has been made available under the young farmers' start-up grant scheme for 2014-20; how much has been spent, and what the projected spend is for each of the remaining years.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 11 September 2018
The Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014-20 originally assumed the need for £20 million of dedicated support for Young Farmers and New Entrants. This included an indicative budget of £6 million for the Young Farmer Start-up Grant Scheme and £2 million for the New Entrants Start-up Grant Scheme. The balance of £12 million was originally allocated to the New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme.
In 2017, I increased the overall budget to £22 million and varied the scheme split to reflect demand for the Young Farmers Start-up Grant Scheme; combining the indicative start-up budget at £14 million and allocated £8 million for capital grants. The current position is that a total of 15,225,000* has been committed to start-up applications, including 14,490,000 to Young Farmers and the budget is now fully allocated.
Similarly, the New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme is fully committed and will close to new applications on 31 August 2018.
*While the Young Farmer grant is 70,000 and the New Entrant Start-up is 15,000, it is paid in GBP sterling at the appropriate exchange rate.