Applicant Guidance for Farming in Protected Landscapes
The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is open to all farmers and land managers (including from the private, public and charity sector) in Dartmoor National Park. It is a programme of funding for one-off projects rather than an agri-environment scheme.
The programme will be delivered by farmers, working in partnership with the National Park and will take a bottom up approach - this means that funding will support individual projects proposed by farmers, and approved by Local Assessment Panels, which will support local priorities set out in the Dartmoor National Park Management Plan.
This is a time limited programme (2021-2024) to provide additional investment for Dartmoor - it will work alongside – not in competition with - existing schemes and add value where it is most needed. Over the longer term, Defra envisions the Sustainable Farming Incentive, the Local Nature Recovery scheme and the Landscape Recovery scheme playing a specific part across these landscapes, with farmers who lead on FiPL projects taking part in one of these schemes.
Who is eligible?
You can receive funding through the programme if you:
- Are a farmer or land manager (including individuals, charities and some public bodies)
- Are collaborating with an eligible farmer / land manager (or a group of farmers/land managers) to deliver an eligible project
- Own, or have management control of, all the land affected by the project, or have the formal consent of the person who does.
Common land is eligible for support through the Programme. You can apply as a landowner with sole rights, or as a group of commoners acting together.
Applications will also be accepted from organisations and individuals delivering projects which are in support of the programme outcomes and the relevant Protected Landscape Management Plan/Priorities, as long as they are applying in collaboration with a farmer or land manager.
How to apply
You will need to demonstrate how your project delivers against at least one of the Programme outcomes and to provide the details of any partners with whom you have chosen to work. There are four themes in which the programme outcomes are defined covering Climate, Nature, People and Place. You will also need to show how your project connects to the priorities of Dartmoor National Parks Management Plan.
The programme offers small grants of between £2,000 - £5,000, and then larger grants from £5,000 to £250,000 (exceptional circumstances). Larger applications will be considered by a Local Assessment Panel made up of experts including representatives from the farming and land management community using a common scoring system.
For the first year of funding, you can apply from 1 July 2021 – 31 January 2022. You can submit your application at any time during this window, though as funding is limited early applications are encouraged. We anticipate the first Assessment Panel meeting will be in September whilst the project team is set up and resourced.
Further information can be found in the Guidance for Applicants to the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme (FiPL).
Applicants are encouraged to contact the farming in Protected Landscape Team to discuss their application at an early stage.
Dartmoor National Park Farming in Protected Landscapes Team
Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9JQ
Tel: 01626 832093