Farming In Protected Landscapes Scheme

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The Farming In Protected Landscapes Scheme (FIPL) application window opened in Summer 2021 and will end in March 2024. The current application was due to close at the end of January 2022 but will now continue as a rolling window for applications. This scheme is part of DEFRA’s Agricultural Transition Plan and will provide funding for one off project’s in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), National Parks and the Broads that either:

  • support nature recovery
  • mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage
  • protect or improve the quality and character of the landscape or place

The scheme applications are made directly to the local protected landscape body and they liaise with the applicant in order to meet local objectives for the areas management plan.

Each application will be scored using a four-stage system;

  • 40% for project outcomes – climate, nature, people and place
  • 20% for value for money
  • 20% for how sustainable the project is or the legacy it will leave
  • 20% for how likely you are to carry out the project

Any application over £5,000 will be assessed by a local assessment panel, typically including representative from; The Protect Landscape Body, Natural England, The Farming and Land Management Community, and Local Specialists. It is expected that decisions will be made every 6-8 weeks.

The funding will vary depending upon the project application. The applicant who will not make a commercial gain could be funded up to 100% of the project cost. If there is a commercial gain, then the funding level will vary dependent upon the level of gain.

This FIPL scheme can be run alongside other Defra schemes including Countryside Stewardship, but things cannot be ‘double funded’, so applications cannot be for the same project as those already receiving funds. Items which could be funded through CSS such as stone wall restoration will be funded at the same applicable rate as it would be under CSS.